IowaWorks Center Opens at Lindale Mall

IowaWorks Center at Lindale Mall, opened Monday August 2nd, 2010.

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By Becky Ogann

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The new IowaWorks Center at Lindale Mall opened Monday morning, August 2, to a busy rush of job-seekers and unemployment filers.

The center moved over the weekend from its old home at 800 7th St. SE, which will become an office location for Mercy Medical Center.

IowaWorks Center Manager Carlos Vega said the new 30,000-square-foot Lindale office will house a staff of 70 when Kirkwood Community College moves its Workforce Investment Act staff into the facility in the next two weeks.

The center combines job-search and unemployment claim services formerly provided at the Iowa Workforce Development Center with dislocated worker training programs currently offered at the Kirkwood Community College Resource Center at 1030 Fifth Ave. SE.

“It only makes sense to give them better opportunities by being more integrated and working together,” Vega said of the center’s clients.

The new office didn’t even have its sign yet Monday morning, but it already had a long line of clients seeking service.

“We’re pretty busy in both unemployment and employment, and we’re one of the larger offices in the state, so you would expect that,” Vega said.

Inside the office, it was difficult for visitors to tell they were underneath a 49-year-old shopping mall.

“When people think about the mall, you think about the temporary offices that the city and the county had after the flood at Westdale,” Vega said. “This is anything but temporary. This is a very nice professional atmosphere.”

The center had moved temporarily last week to the Kirkwood Resource Center on Armar Drive in Marion.

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