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EDIE Awards Update: Annual Campaign featuring Innovation in Tama County commences

“I really like [the EDIES] awards program.  It is a great concept for getting people to focus on progress and innovation.”
Rand M. Fisher, president
Iowa Area Development Group

Annually Tama County Economic Development produces The EDIES, a multi-month, multi-media campaign featuring the broad range of people, projects and strategies driving the healthy economic development evolution of Tama County. It creates an opportunity to explore how everyday people in rural Iowa tackle problems instead of waiting for someone else to make a positive impact on the economy. For more info on The Edies click here.

“Congratulations!  I just received your new Tama County business magazine and LOVED IT!  Especially pages 10-25 with the focus on “projects” how we got the idea, how we did it, challenges, etc.  These are such good case studies to document and it demonstrates to others that innovative projects can happen in Iowa small towns.  With your permission, I will refer to it at the Heartland Course this year.”
LaDene Bowen
Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
Past director of Heartland Economic Development Course

The Tama County Connections Magazine serves as the central communication piece of The EDIES, placing a face on what constitutes development in Tama County. True to Tama County Community spirit, 60+ entities/people donate professional services in-kind, but we also pursue advertisers and grants to pay for the printing costs of the Tama County Connections Magazine. (For more info on advertising click here.)

“I have always been proud of Dysart and the community but seeing everyone there this evening and hearing all that everyone is doing to make Tama County a better place, makes me extremely proud of my county.  There are so many hard working people, dedicated to making Tama County a great place to live and work.”
Robin Werner
Dysart resident and business owner

Though there are no shortage of stories to pick from for 2010, we still have a sincere interest in adding as many as possible to the list for consideration before picking the official 24 stories of 2010 to represent the broadest possible collection of strategies, philosophies and geographic diversification on the central theme of innovation and progress in the catagories of: 1) Financing, 2) Real Estate, 3) Marketing, 4) Community, 5) Entrepreneurship, 6) Expansion, 7) Workforce and 8) Partnerships. If you would like to nominate a successful 2010 Tama County project for consideration, please contact Tama County Economic Development or your Commissioner.)


  • Mon. Nov 15, 2010, Advertisers secure space in Tama County Connections Magazine
  • Tue. Nov 30, 2010, 6:30 p.m. EDIE Nominations Meeting (Public event)
  • Wed. Dec 15, 2010, 24 Featured EDIES identified, article writing and photography campaign starts
  • Mon. Jan 3, 2011, 24 Featured EDIE articles mostly complete, 8 weeks of  Media interviews kicks-off
  • Tue. Feb 15, 2011, Voting for the 8 EDIE categories closes
  • Tue. March 1, 2011, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. EDIE Awards Ceremony and unveiling of the 2011 Connections Magazine (Public event)

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