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Produce Supplier Donates 135 Watermelons to 5 Local Organizations
NORWALK, Iowa, August 13, 2018– Capital City Fruit, a grower, repacker and supply chain manager of fruits and vegetables in the Midwest has been giving back to charities and family organizations for 69 years. In the last 8 years alone, they donated 4,298,077 pounds of food to the Des Moines community.
Paige Peterson, Grower Representative, commented on the culture of giving at Capital City Fruit, “Starting out as an apple orchard meant we needed outside assistance to grow. How can we not give back to a community that thrives on getting people on their own two feet to succeed?”
On August 6, 2018, the tradition of giving continued, when Capital City Fruit found themselves overwhelmed with extra melons. 135 watermelons that is. They started by donating to PDS (Packaging Distribution Services), one of their long-time packaging partners, and then they began to search for charitable groups to work with.
“I wanted to reach out to organizations that are often overlooked. Just because an organization may not function as a food pantry does not mean they don’t need food, too,” said Melanie Trepa, Marketing Coordinator.
After some phone calls, the juicy watermelons found their home at Youth Emergency Shelter and Services, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, and Catholic Charities of the Des Moines metro.
Leslie Van DerMolen, Poverty Reduction Manager at Catholic Charities, commented on their watermelon donation. “We love getting watermelon donated to us. When Capital City dropped off the donation it was distributed in under an hour. Items like that are a little more expensive in the grocery store so we are very appreciative to receive it as a donation. It’s a treat for our clients who otherwise wouldn’t have easy access to fresh produce.”
Jennie Kerger, Family Services Director at Salvation Army Des Moines, expressed the impact it made. “We definitely appreciate the partnership we have with Capital City Fruit. We’ve been working with them for years and it is so nice that they can provide the community with produce that’s usually quite expensive. When I checked on the watermelon I didn’t see any left so I’m sure it was enjoyed by all.”
Capital City Fruit
1850 Colonial Parkway, Norwalk, IA 50211
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Secretary Pate’s new Fast Track Filing system makes it easier
for Iowans to start a business
DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the statewide launch of the Fast Track Filing system for new businesses. The new, innovative application greatly enhances the speed and efficiency of the filing process. New businesses using Fast Track Filing will have their documents processed within a maximum of two days, and a minimum of five minutes.
“My office is Iowa’s business portal. I pledged to Iowa’s business community that we would offer service at the speed of business, not the speed of government. We have achieved that for new businesses with the Fast Track Filing system,” Secretary Pate said. “Entrepreneurs will be able to get their new business ventures up and running much quicker.”
The system is accessible online 24 hours a day at filings.sos.iowa.gov.
Early projections also show Fast Track Filing will save the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office more than 4,000 staff hours annually.
“It greatly reduces or eliminate processes my staff currently handles, like scanning documents, serving as cashiers, and extended correspondence with filers. Fast Track Filing enables us to offer Iowa’s business community the customer service it deserves,” Secretary Pate added.
The Iowa Secretary of State’s Business Services Division has processed a record amount of new business filings during each of the past three years, surpassing 20,000 filings annually. The office handles more than 60,000 phone calls and approximately 12,500 walk-in customers each year.
Several business entities tested the Fast Track Filing system over the past few weeks. The response is overwhelmingly positive:
What They’re Saying
The Fast Track Filing system was made possible through the Iowa Legislature’s creation of the Technology Modernization Fund in 2017.
“It was designed by the Information Technology Division in my office, with assistance from QCI, a West Des Moines-based technology consulting firm. Our I.T. specialist Kyle Phillips deserves most of the credit for the technological aspects. He did a great job,” Secretary Pate said.
Fast Track Filing is currently available for new business filings only, but will expand to handle other types of business filings with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office in the future.
Office of Iowa Secretary of State
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The 2018 Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Convention comes to Greater Des Moines (DSM) on July 17 through 20. The ACCE Convention is the nation’s largest annual gathering of people who work for and with Chambers of Commerce. Attendees from DSM can learn best practices from Chambers from across the world, network with more than 1,000 fellow attendees and showcase our vibrant region to visitors. Registration will open next month. In the meantime, check out this blog post to learn more about #ACCE18 in #DSMUSA, and click here to learn more about how you can be involved in supporting the event. Contact Tiffany Tauscheck or Meg Schneider at the Greater Des Moines Partnership for more information.
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