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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.

New Strategic Investment Plan unveiled for a better future of Tama County, Iowa

Economic development organizations do not get featured in the limelight every time new jobs, new capital investment, and increased efficiency happen, but Tama County Economic Development Commission’s investments, influence and innovative approach make real improvements and help unlock Tama County, Iowa’s potential. The Commission works in partnership with any organization or individual that can use our resources and goals and turn it into action.

Here are the highlights of the Strategic Investment Plan, 2010 – 2013 updated and approved last night in Chelsea, Iowa.

Trustworthy, Accessible, Inclusive, Pioneering, and Evolving

Tama County Economic Development Commission strives to cultivate a local economic environment that is pioneering, evolving, engaging the entire county in building the context and products necessary to attract and retain businesses and the labor force needed to ensure an economic foundation that will sustain the desired quality of life for all community members.

Increase the level of capital investment
Increase the number of fair market living wage jobs
Increase the efficiency at which capital and jobs are combined


  • GOAL I: Position and promote Tama County, Iowa as a premier rural economy to visit and in which to invest, and do business in and with.
  • GOAL II: Support businesses to grow and foster innovation.
  • GOAL III: Get more Tama County, Iowa residents working and help them stay in work and progress.
  • GOAL IVLead the regeneration of Tama County, Iowa both in areas of deprivation and of opportunity.
  • GOAL VDrive the transition to a low-carbon economy and maximize the economic opportunities this generates.

1.  Investment in Hard Assets – Places, Infrastructure, Financial Capital
2.  Investment in Soft Assets – People, Jobs
3.  Investment in Enterprise – Innovation, Process, Technology, Education

A.  Investment in Partnerships
B.  Investment in Market Intelligence
C.  Investment in Communication

Successful 2009 outcomes on these goals and objectives are summarized in Tama County Connections magazine, as well as a ten point blog synopsis.

Photographed (clockwise): Marty Hardon, Vice Chair, Midge Horton, Chair, Linn Snell, Dwayne Luze, Nancy Braasch, Mayor Roger Ochs, Mayor Dale Stout, Lindi Roelofse. Out of View: Ellen Young, Arlene Vondracek, Mayor Don Lyons, Past Chair, Mayor Keith Sash 2nd Vice Chair, Joanne Husak.


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