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Thursday, May 16, 2013 N/]~arren Town and County News Page Thirteen I . : Warren County Economic Development Corporation Receives Statewide Award for Business Retention and Expansion Program The Professional Devel- opers of Iowa (PDI) hon- ored the Warren County Economic Development Corporation during the recent SMART Economic Development Conference held in Des Moines, spon- sored by the Iowa Utility Association. The PDI Business Re- tention and Expansion (BRE) Awards Program recognizes the outstand- ing efforts of local and re- gional economic develop- ment initiatives in sup- porting growth and ex- pansion of existing Iowa companies. The Warren County Economic Devel- opment Corporation (WCEDC), among several organizations honored, was the only organization recognized for the BRE Overall Award. "Supporting Warren County's existing busi- nesses is the top priority for WCEDC," stated Jason White, Executive Director of Warren County Eco- nomic Development Cor- poration. "We are very honored by this award as it is a culmination of hard work by our great staff and shows that we have great their next stage of business companies creating muchplanning. economic impact for War- WCEDC helped busi- ren County. Thank you nesses receive $1.591 mil- Professional Developers of lion in funding. Iowa!" WCEDC facilitated the Among the reasons for creation of 86 new jobs and WCEDC's award .were as 207job.s which were saved follows (numbers from the or retained. past year): Established in 1992, WCEDC assisted 45 ex- Warren County Economic isting businesses with ex- Development Corporation pansions, workforce addi- (WCEDC) is the organiza- tions and service or prod- tion located in the Greater uct line additions. Des Moines, Iowa metro- WCEDC assisted 18 politan region that demon- startup businesses withstrates leadership, collab- opening or moving into oration and ingenuity to Photo submitted. enhance the business cli- mate, business and em- ployment base, while pro- moting the unique and identifiable assets of the greater Warren County area, with the purpose of creating wealth and being the model of a results- driven organization. The mission of WCEDC is to create and retain jobs while enhancing qual- ity of life in greater War- ren County, accomplished foremost by strengthening and supporting the busi- ness climate in the area. Help Children Cope with Frightening Events and Disasters Coping with a frightening event in the news or a natural disaster can be difficult for children and their families, says Lesia Oesterreich, a family life specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Children have many different reactions. "Children may become upset or cry easil3 get angry or act out, become restless or have difficulty paying attention," she said. "Some children may be quiet and withdrawn, while others can't stop talk- ing about the experience." The ISU Extension specialist noted that changes in a child's behavior may be signs or symptoms of distress or discomfort following a disaster they've experienced, such as recent flash flooding, or news they've seen on televi- sion, such as the Boston Marathon bombing, the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas or the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Young children may feel vulnerable, Oesterreich said. "They don't understand what is happening and have trouble communicating how they feel. Older children may also have a hard time expressing their feelings." Following a disaster, Oesterreich said, some children may be afraid of the disaster recurring, or become anx- ious when there is rain, storms, sirens or other reminders. Such changes in behavior are common in children who have been through a disaster, and are natural responses to stress. Some of these symptoms may last for weeks or months, but should diminish over time. Parents can help their children cope, Oesterreich said. She recommends the following actions: Limit exposure to TV and media. Graphic TV images and frequently repeated details of unfolding events can produce great anxiety for children. Parents should monitor their own anxiety and offer calm explanations and reassurance to children. Speak simply and honestly about the situation. Explain to your children what is happening to your family or what they're seeing on TV. Use simple words they can understand. Be honest. Keep children informed of a prob- lem that will directly affect them, but limit details that will cause them to be overly concerned. Check children's level of understanding. Children can easily become confused and may connect a familiar experience such as a neighbor running down the street with a crisis experience. If a crisis is happening far away, children may need help understanding that the event is not nearby. Young children sometimes think they are responsible for causing a disaster or that the disaster is some kind of punishment something they did. You can explain how tornados, storms or floods happen and how these are unusual but natural patterns of weather. Make time to comfort and reassure your children. A one-minute chat troughout the day with a gentle hug or a reassuring word may be all children need to feel safer and more secure in an emotional situation. Because young children sometimes have difficulty understanding complex situations, they can easily exaggerate their normal fear of being separated from their parents. Maintain routines or rituals of comfort. Dinnertime at the l