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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.

Strategy Update: Would you rather add [20] $10/hour jobs, or [10] $20/hour jobs to our economy tomorrow?

Henry Ford made the joke, if he asked the community in the 1900’s what do you need to be more productive in the 2000’s, they would have answered: “faster horses.” We know today that we can’t grow the economy by just doing more of the same of what we did 10, 20, 30 years ago. With or without our permission, the world around us is evolving faster and faster every year. We see this evidence across various indexes for economic development:

So how do we prepare for the jobs, the business opportunities, the necessary infrastructure, so we can maximize the positive implications of escalating economic development in the world around us and minimize hardship on local Tama County stakeholders that feel comfortable with how things have been done in the past?

Tama County Economic Development Commission works on these challenges every day, and addresses proactive change with people when they show readiness to move to the next level. At the next Commission meeting we will discuss putting our strategic plan into the next gear. We know that this recession forced many companies to explore and connect to technology, information and process efficiency that is ultimately giving them more money with less manpower. Just like in the industrial revolution, during the information revolution, many jobs from our history books are not coming back. But what new jobs, new businesses, new training, new resources need to be in place to support the stakeholders in Tama County as we see the information revolution taking off?

Recently one of our partner counties’ economic developer captured the complexity and the opportunity of this reality we are facing very well:

“Would you rather add [20] $10/hour jobs, or [10] $20/hour jobs to your economy tomorrow?”

Join us for a discussion that focuses on our collective future and shaping the variables over which we do have control. Please also consider being a leader in our economy by tackling between 1-3 responsibilities from our action plan based on the talents and connections you have…or practical skills you would like to develop…

Tue. June 28, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
CSA Hall, Main Street, Vining Iowa
Please RSVP to joanne@tamacountyiowa.org or (641) 484-3108 if you would like to join us for a $8 catered meal at 6 p.m. The general meeting is free and open to the public, but an RSVP would be appreciated so we can print the appropriate amount of handouts.

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