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EDIES 2010 Winners: Tama County highlights our economy’s Super Connections

The theme of the night was Super Connections, as Tama County Economic Development Commission hosted the 2011 EDIES event last night bringing together stand-out leaders and innovators who shaped the 2010 economy into which we are all connected. 24 projects were put in the spotlight with the unveiling of the Tama County Connections Magazine 2011. In it leaders with a diverse array of approaches to innovation, growth and change explain in their own words how they proactively acted on opportunities or challenges instead of waiting for someone else to do things. Eight winners were awarded in the following categories of development (in order of how they appear from top left):

  1. Business Expansions: Mark Goos and his team at Goos Implement won for ripping through three generations of the ag economy with a Gladbrook workforce of 23 and growing (more…)
  2. Marketing: Jeff Dostal, Brian Sienknecht on behalf of the Tri-County Snowmobile Association won for blazing a winter wonderland rural snow trail to commerce in almost every small town in Tama County (more…)
  3. Real Estate: Ellen Young and her team from the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery won for moving a donated Pioneer Hi-Bred building into downtown Traer to open a centralized location for a Guinness Book of World Records collection (more…)
  4. Entrepreneurship: Gwen and Mike Seda from Fox Ridge Winery won for opening formally in 2010 to celebrate and share the festive side of agriculture in rural Traer (more…)
  5. Strategic Partnerships: Dwayne Luze, president of the Dysart Development Corp won for connecting adult learners to Hawkeye Community College classes locally in Dysart (more…)
  6. Financing: Joyce Wiese and her team won for renovating the Haven One-Room School House, financing the undertaking with a large pool of small financial contributions, and donated skilled labor and new skill learners working side by side to accomplish goals and expand skill sets (more…)
  7. Community: Lori Leytham, Garwin city clerk, won for her leadership team’s development of the Garwin City Newsletter to strengthen communication channels with residents and businesses (more…)
  8. Workforce: Yolanda Pushetonequa and her team won for Meskwaki Financial Literacy Class series teaching youngsters and their families about maximizing the long-term financial health of their trust fund investments (more…)

Congratulations to all who added new value to our economy and contributed to our network of successes in 2010.  With the help of TED Talks, here is a short 5 minute video that describes Tama County Economic Development’s Super Connection strategy to maximizing economic capacity. All 24 of the 2010 EDIES and their projects can be viewed at Meet the 2010 EDIES. Special thank you to Randy Aiken for capturing and sharing pictures of the EDIES 2011 event.


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