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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.

Global Update: Where in the world does Tama County, Iowa stand on international relations?

“After I graduated from school in Tama, I left my hometown and ultimately went to work for a big international corporation. As a youngster I did not realize how lucky I was to learn emerged in Tama County’s rich diversity with classmates from Meskwaki, immigrant kids from Mexico etc. Now I know it gave me the head start in the corporate world and helped me excel in working well with people from different cultures all around the world.”
South Tama County School Graduate, Class of 1989

It is a fact that the world is growing increasingly global and inter-culturally dependent at an accelerating rate. And we deal with global and inter-cultural relations on a daily basis at Tama County Economic Development. Mega properties like the Traer Manufacturing plant are owned and controlled by a Canadian holding company. The Tama Beef Packing plant was the first halal slaughtering plant in the U.S., and specialized markets in Malaysia, Korea, Egypt and beyond have a sincere interest in seeing it reopen to continue export trade. Numerous Tama County industrial prospects are urging Iowa lawmakers to extend the EB-5 program to grow beyond only being available to Dutch Dairy farmers. Companies with roots in Germany, Qatar, South Korea, United Kingdom, Mexico, Greece, and more have all invested serious boots on the ground money into visits to Tama County, Iowa over the past few years to evaluate the potential of investing millions of dollars into our economy.

Similarly, Tama County based enterprises like the Tama County Pork Producers, Z-line, Ltd., and telecommuting engineers have also been stepping up exports to India, Japan, Canada and beyond. Expanding markets through exports and importing gains does not only grow U.S. economic wealth and equity, but all parties involved gain exposure to new information, new ways of problem solving, new processes and materials with unique qualities, and can boost local productivity for all stakeholders involved. If you are interested in learning more about exporting, save the date of a regional Export Conference Oct 28, 2011. Nominations are also requested for regional export awards sponsored by Tama County Economic Development in conjunction with our Iowa Innovation Gateway partners.

Celebrating and learning from our local diversity is also on the agenda over the next few months. And you don’t have to be an industrial player to be a part of this. We enthusiastically welcome a rich diversity of people to get involved, especially residents who may not have gotten involved in planning community events in the past.

TAMA COUNTY CULTURAL DIVERSITY FESTIVAL MEETING 
Friday Sept 2, 2011, 3 p.m.
Meskwaki Health Clinic Conference room
1646 -305th Street
Tama, Iowa

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