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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.

EDIES 2011 Update: Forget that magic bullet. Show me the face of sustainable economic development in the real world

Every year Tama County Economic Development features 24 richly diverse businesses, nonprofits, local government agencies, workers, and residents who have come up with innovative ways to add value to the economy. We do this not only to celebrate our local culture of innovation that adds value and grows the economy, but also to increase exposure to what real world local growth looks like as opposed to that mythological magic economic bullet we are sometimes told about. The goal is to encourage every day people to look at the environment over which they have power and recognize that it’s not just by voting for a specific political candidate that they can have impact on the economy, but that they themselves can be the change agent. Click here for info on past featured EDIES.
Recently Harvard Business School professors identified five ways in which any person can start the process of adding new value to the economy through innovation:
  1. Associating: Drawing connections among questions, problems, or ideas from unrelated fields.
  2. Questioning: Posing queries that challenge common wisdom.
  3. Observing: analyzing the behavior of customers, suppliers, and competitors to identify new ways of doing things.
  4. Experimenting: Constructing interactive experiences and provoking unorthodox responses to see what insights emerge.
  5. Networking: Mixing with people who have different ideas and perspectives.
If you are interested in attending a webinar on innovation Oct 19, 10 a.m. hosted by Harvard Business Review on these 5 topics click here for more info.
But having great innovative ideas are merely step one. The critical next step is the successful implementation of great ideas. So far we have stories on 100+ ways that people in Tama County have successfully added new value to the economy in areas like financing development, real estate development and reuse, marketing/attraction, community development, entrepreneurship, business expansion, workforce and education as well as strategic partnerships. Please touch base with us if you would like a specific success story to be featured as one of the defining success story of 2011 for 2012 communication campaigns. Over the next few weeks we plan on visiting with a variety of development groups specifically to make sure we have the strongest and most diverse collection of success stories to define Tama County’s strengths.
  • Thu. Sept 8, 6:30 p.m. Gladbrook Commercial Club – Completed
  • Tue. Sept 13 4:30 p.m. Toledo Development Corp  – Completed
  • Thu. Oct 12, 12 p.m. – Traer Development – Completed 
  • Thu. Oct 20, 7:30 a.m. Tama Toledo Chamber
  • Thu. Oct 20, 6:30 p.m. Tama County Diversity Alliance
  • Thu. Oct 20, 7 p.m. Garwin Revitalization
  • Tue. Oct 25, 6:30 p.m. Tama County Economic Development Commission
  • Wed. Oct 26, 5 p.m. Dysart Development
  • Tue. Nov. 1, 8 a.m. Dysart Business Builders
  • Wed. Nov 2, 8:30 a.m. Tama County Health Care Providers Network
  • Wed. Nov 2, 2 p.m. Meskwaki Inc.
  • Tues. Nov 8, 6:30 p.m. Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust
  • Mon. Nov 14, 9 a.m. Tama County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mon. Nov 14, 5:30 p.m. Traer Chamber
  • Thu. Nov 17, 3 p.m. Tama County Diversity Alliance
  • TBA – Clutier Betterment
  • TBA – Gladbrook Development
  • TBA – Gladbrook Housing
  • 2011 EDIES SELECTION MEETING: Tue. Nov 29, 6:30 p.m. Elberon Community Center
    Public very welcome.

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