Jefferson — North Central Iowa

Jefferson draws a crowd at Rural Forge opening

Jefferson, a small community just shy of 5,000 residents, drew some big names at the latest business opening on Saturday.

More than 500 people turned out to the grand opening of the Pillar Rural Forge, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, U.S. Rep Ro Khanna of California, and executive leadership from Facebook, Accenture and Corteva Agriscience. The new remote office for Pillar employees is designed to bring tech jobs to the county and offer a future technology Forge Academy in partnership with Des Moines Area Community College and Corteva Agriscience, which pledged $187,500 toward 25 computer science scholarships.

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