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2016 Q1 Pitch & Build

On January 12, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q1 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about a precision ag product service in Dysart, a folk school in rural Toledo, and a restaurant and catering business […]

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It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27

Iowa has a lot of famous and interesting people who got their start in small rural towns before making it big. But a lot of the people of the past don’t come up in regular café conversation and aren’t mentioned in our school textbooks – a real shame considering how unique and fascinating their lives […]

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Q1 2014 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q1 2014 Pitch & Build occurred on January 21, 2014 with presentations on Tama County’s 2nd annual STEM Festival in Traer, the expansion of the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center’s Tama-Toledo Clinic in Toledo, and the opportunity to purchase Petty Livestock Equipment Manufacturing in Gladbrook. Lisa Chizek of North Tama School District […]

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Ole and Lena were sitting down to their usual cup of morning coffee listening to the weather report coming over the radio. “There will be three to five inches of snow today and a snow emergency has been declared. You must park your cars on the odd-numbered side of the street.” Ole got up from […]

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There’s an old story of a very rich man back in the roaring 20’s who threw enormous parties at his mansion. One of his pride and joys was his new saltwater pool in which he had the ability to let swim in various exotic ocean fish. One very hot fourth-of-July he had the biggest crowd […]

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Union Grove State Park receives grant for cabin

According to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier, Union Grove State Park has received a $15,000 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association. The park includes a 110-acre lake and wooded land. Recreation opportunities include a beach, fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, camping and a year-round cabin for rent. The campground has been renovated with […]

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A Place for Heroes – Video

Click this link to see a snippit of the movie, A Place For Heroes, filmed in Tama County in 2012.  The film, which stars Paul Sorvino, Sally Kellerman, Norman Lloyd, Kiera Morrill and Ben Easter, tells the story of a WWII veteran whose death leads his family on a search for the truth about his past.  Many local […]

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Summer Fun in Tama County

The next few weeks will be a great time to visit Tama County as many communities are hosting fabulous events. The Tama County Fair runs from Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 in Gladbrook.  200 youth from 10 county 4-H club organizations and 3 local FFA chapters have prepared more than 1,500 exhibits for […]

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A Fishing Story

Two guys go ice fishing. They decide to fish opposite sides of the lake to see where the fish are biting best. After about an hour of fishing with no success, they notice a young boy walking to the center of the lake. Within five minutes, the boy pulls a 5 pound walleye out of […]

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Tama County Pitch & Build Q4 2012

Tama County Economic Development presented its second quarterly Pitch & Build event at the Reinig Center in Toledo, Iowa on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, with four entities vying for the top award.  Competitors came from Lincoln, Dysart, Garwin, and Tama County.  Judges were Dwayne Luze, chair of Tama County Economic Development, Attorney John Willett, and Sandy […]

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