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Through collaborative leadership we supplied a pipeline of $812 million in new capital investment projects to strengthen and diversify the assets in Iowa. But beyond big number private-sector prospects we also work with the progressive small businesses, nonprofits, civic leaders, workforce, education institutions, utilities, transportation, housing, etc to maximize productivity and long-term prosperity in our evolving economic landscape.

Education Update: Leaders Clear Brush for Green Technology

Central Iowa’s innovation based patent filings are 3x higher than national avg (1)
Iowa is #1 in ethanol production nationally & the birthplace of the technology (2)
Iowa is #2 in biodiesel production nationally (3)
Iowa is #1 energy producing state in wind power as a % of output at 15% (4)
Iowa is #2 wind capacity installed in the nation with 3,670 MW (5)

Optimizing the economic output of green technology potential over time will require the right connections, right timing, right financial resources and market intelligence to understand how the economic landscape is evolving. A number of innovators in Tama County are at various stages in their go-to-market strategy with new green technologies.  This month we put the spotlight on three upcoming educational opportunities to connect our green innovators with resources.

    Leading speakers from both the US and Germany will be joining us for the conference to report on the latest developments and opportunities in the German and US Bioenergy markets. Topics presented will include: Biogas, Gasification Systems, Methane Digesters, Fermentation Technologies, Biomass Feedstocks, Project Development, Partnering Opportunities and other related areas. Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of the Renewable Energies Export Initiative.
    Tue., June 22, 2010, 8:30 am – 4:45 pm
    Renaissance Des Moines Savory Hotel
    401 Locust St. Des Moines, Iowa 50309
    Registration is free for the first 120 attendees! Please RSVP by Thursday, June 17, 2010.

    Join Burt Chojnowski for a conversation about the sparkplug(s) that raised the bar and put Fairfield, Iowa on the map as a rural entrepreneurial hot-spot that attracted $275 million of investment in over sixty startup companies in a community with fewer than 10,000 residents. Fairfield has been a model of entrepreneurial success with three times the national average of entrepreneurs. Consequently, over 2,000 workers commute in from nearby counties.
    Tuesday, June 22nd, 1 p.m.
    Webinar on your Desktop or projector
    Cost: $89 per individual (discounts available for groups)
    Offline registration

    Discussion on the new and evolving alternative energy trends moving Tama County’s economy forward. Special guests will include local innovators at various stages of development of their own prototypes, as well as developers. In addition to government and community business leaders on the Commission, companies that confirmed to date include: Wind Capital Group, American Alternative Energy, Inc., Renewable Power Markets, Meskwaki Nation: Wind Development, Traer Municipal Utilities, Ag Bio Power, Iowa Innovation Gateway, Dysart Trucking, Peterson Trucking, Dysart Development Corporation, Traer Development, Lincoln Savings Bank, Tama County Land Owners Association. Other special invitees based on demonstrated special interests include: Representatives of Congressman Boswell’s Office, Ag Manufacturing, Alliant Energy, ITC Midwest, Alpha Holdings, American Family Insurance Agency, Toledo Development, Tama-Toledo Chamber of Commerce, and State Bank of Toledo, and the education sector.
    Tue. June 29, 7pm
    CSA Hall
    240 Main Avenue, Vining, Iowa
    (the biggest building in our smallest town)
    My Mother’s Place will be catering a meal for $8 starting 6:30pm for anyone interested in socializing and visiting before the meeting. Please RSVP to joanne@tamacountyiowa.org for the meal.
    Free. Public always welcome. www.tamacountyiowa.org/calendar

(1) Source: EMSI, 2008
(2) Source: USDA, 2008
(3) Source: USDA, 2008
(4) Source: AWEA, 2009
(5) Source: AWEA, 2009


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