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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The promise of a lot of new jobs is giving one small community big hope.
Sedgwick Claims Management Services plans to add 100 jobs at its Dubuque location.
The Memphis-based company also plans a satellite office in Bellevue, with another 50 jobs there.
The possibility of dozens of new jobs spreads quickly through a small town.
Bellevue City Administrator Loras Herrig said, "I've had about five people call me already and ask 'how do you start applying for a job?'"
That news travels even faster in Bellevue. A community that sits in the middle of Jackson County, the second poorest county in the state.
The average annual salary per person in Bellevue is $20,000.
Sedgwick plans to launch a new office here, creating well-paying paying jobs.
Greater Dubuque Development's Dan McDonald said, "Anywhere from $26,000 to $65,000. They would be back office type positions."
Sedgwick has 130 offices in the United States and Canada. Company officials say they are looking for dedicated workers in both Dubuque and Bellevue.
McDonald said, "Large corporations hire Sedgwick to do their claims management, whether it's for unemployment compensation, family medical leave act, anything that has to do with claims benefits."
The new positions range from entry-level to management.
Herrig said, "Now maybe they can get back to those two income families and all of a sudden the optimism goes up. You can see it in people. There's a little more jump in their step and they're a little happier."
Herrig hopes that optimism spreads through Bellevue just as fast the announcement of new jobs.