The City of Johnston became the first Home Base Iowa Community in Greater Des Moines on May 4, 2015. We are pleased to announce that our Home Base Iowa Businesses have hired at least 10 Veterans since we began.
"We are thrilled this important initiative is taking off and Veterans are taking a closer look at our community. Johnston is proud to welcome them with open arms, say 'thank you', and make their transition as easy as possible," said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld.
Seventeen entities in Johnston have become Home Base Iowa (HBI) Businesses, meaning they have pledged a certain number of Veteran hires between now and the end of 2018. Many of them report a significant increase in Veteran applicants since becoming an HBI Business.
Johnston HBI Businesses include: DuPont Pioneer, John Deere Financial, Delta Dental of Iowa, Texas Roadhouse, Shazam, Inc., the City of Johnston, Hyperion Field Club, Iowa National Guard - Camp Dodge, Trostel's Greenbriar, Farmers Insurance Group, Office Installation Services, Inc., Casey's General Store, Hy-Vee, MidAmerican Energy, Unity Point Clinics, Kum & Go, and the Iowa Bankers Association.
Camp Dodge, the Iowa National Guard Headquarters, has been located here since 1909, and nearly 2,000 Johnston residents are already military service-connected. With the enviable assets available to all Service Members of any branch of Service through Camp Dodge and the strong support of local business incentives in Johnston, the city considers itself well-positioned to welcome military families.
Dozens of Johnston businesses are contributing to our extensive incentive package that we will offer to veterans as they move to our city. Incentives include access to Camp Dodge's counseling services and workout facilities, and deep discounts on goods and services throughout the city. In total, Johnston's incentive package includes up to $6,500 in financial relief to veterans.