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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.

Beyond the Politics: Is our Economy really your priority?

“61% of Americans say the Economy or Jobs is their top priority”
Gallup, September 2010

Presently, the economy and jobs are being called the most important issue by most Americans. Tama County Economic Development Commission serves this vision day-in and day-out as we engage thousands of partnerships to increase capital investment, fair market living wage jobs, and total factor productivity. But it’s also understandable that the enthusiasm to be an active partner in a dynamic network of economic solutions wanes when it comes to asking for more than votes.

Tama County Economic Development Commission and Partners would be that group of leaders who stays tuned to the evolving landscape of market intelligence and opportunity, and who builds complex layered solutions. We are proud to have some of Tama County’s brightest minds in both public and private sectors working together to not only benefit themselves, but to benefit our overall collective. This group’s successes are indisputable and many of our economic indicator outcomes have been growing in spite of a recession. We are always welcoming additional leaders to get involved as Partners. Commission meetings are always open to the public.

The other 20,000+ (potential) Tama County residents, businesses, employees, volunteers are also extremely important in economic development. It may not be apparent at first glance how the idea of stakeholders making use of any of the hundreds of free (and subsidized) products and services that Tama County Economic Development offers are sending constructive ripples (or sometimes even investment waves) through the economy, but it is true. Hundreds of volunteers have committed. They have done the back-end calculations and decided to contribute thousands of hours. Many even backed up their actions by investing money into these products and services to benefit us all.

If you are interested in finding out how you can directly benefit from any of our 104+ featured free (or subsidized) products and services, (and at the same time contribute to strengthening our long-term economic outlook) check if your local community group has scheduled their annual meeting with us yet. Below is our upcoming schedule:

  • Thu. Sept 16, 7 a.m.Tama-Toledo Chamber – completed
  • Thu. Oct 7, 6:30 p.m. Dysart Lions Club
  • Tue. Oct 12, 12 p.m.Tama County Library Association
  • Mon. Oct 18, 5 p.m. Clutier ZCBJ
  • Thu. Oct 21, 7 p.m. Garwin Community Revitalization
  • Wed. Oct 27, 5 p.m. Dysart Development Corp
  • Mon. Nov. 1, 8 a.m.Dysart Business Builders
  • Thu. Nov 4, 6:30 a.m. Gladbrook Commercial Club (combo)
  • Thu. Nov 4, 6:30 a.m. Gladbrook Development (combo)
  • Wed. Dec 1, 12 p.m.Traer Chamber
  • Thu. Dec 2, 10 a.m. Tama County Human Resources Development Inter-agency
  • TBA: Traer Development Corp.
  • TBA: Toledo Community Development
  • TBA: Clutier Betterment
  • TBA:Tama Downtown Development

If you are interested in the topic of financing business startups and expansions, we also welcome you to join us at our next meeting where the focus will be on grants, loans, abatements, and other solutions to make a business idea a reality. We will also lead an honest discussion on the barriers holding back our Tama County businesses from reaching their full potential as it pertains to financial matters, and discuss solutions.
Wed. Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Reinig Center
1007 Prospect Drive
Toledo, Iowa
Free. Public Welcome.

The next meeting will be a leadership development meeting/workshop with an economic development focus.  All local government leaders, nonprofit leaders, business leaders, emerging leaders and residents with ideas for shaping Tama County’s future are very welcome to be a part of this experience. No cost.
Tue. Oct 26, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
501 Main Street
Clutier, Iowa
Please RSVP to joanne@tamacountyiowa.org or (641) 484-3108 if you have an interest in joining us for an $8 meal at 6 p.m. and/or to let us know how many workshop materials to have on hand.


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