What’s the secret to building Tama County’s economy?

Is it luck? Is it leadership? Is it education? Is it having the right resources? Is it being located in the right place? Is it picking a winning economic project that provides hundreds of jobs and saves the day?

Each of these can be necessary components of development, yet without action – the success will be limited. The “silver bullet” to our success is…… ACTION.

“What you do is what matters, not what you think or say or plan”












Tama County’s ACTION PLAN to drive our economy:

  • Increase the level of capital investment
  • Grow current industry
  • Attract new enterprise
  • Expand the labor force

WE have a lot of work to do, but the choice is clear: innovate or stagnate. So, whether you are a businessperson looking for detailed information on a critical business issue or a visitor interested in learning more about Tama County as a place to live and do business, you’ve come to the right place.

To become involved …. Simply contact our office and we can provide more information on how you can start reinvigorating Tama County.  Contact us at (641) 484-3108 or click here.

We look forward to working with you!


Heath Kellogg

Executive Director
Tama County Economic Development Commission

211 W. State Street, PO Box 22
Toledo, IA 52342
(641) 484-3108
(641) 484-8636 fax

Office Hours: Weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Public Economic Development Leadership Meetings: Monthly, 4th Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location rotates throughout the County. Public always welcome. Click here for information on next meeting

Daily we have in-person, online, and telephone meetings with businesses, nonprofits, governments and residents with ideas on adding value to the Tama County economy. You are welcome to touch base to see if we have resources, connections or real time research that can make it as easy as possible for you to take your idea to the next level. These meetings are confidential and free.

Monthly/Quarterly we also have group work sessions on longer-term special projects that proactively shape economies around broader industry clusters. Leaders from various walk of life come together to collaborate with us on these. A few examples include:

Tama County Economic Development also recognizes the importance of connecting to the economies and opportunities around us to shape opportunities for local stake holders via organizations like:

Alliant Energy Economic & Community Development
Learn how Alliant Energy can make your relocation or expansion a success, and why the Alliant Energy service territory may be a good fit for your industry. From marketing assistance to training opportunities, Alliant Energy’s team of economic development experts is ready to build partnerships with you.

ANNUAL REPORT viewarchive 
Tama County Connections Magazine is an annual publication profiling stories from 24 innovators/groups putting their footprint on the rural economy in Tama County, Iowa. The magazine explores vitality successes and objectives for the year ahead, and a directory of growth orientated businesses. Circulation: 5,000. The Tama County Traveler’s Pocket Guide focuses on the fun, unique, natural or social adventures to  explore off the beaten path. Circulation: 13.000.*

The Tama County Economic Development Newsletter posts a quarterly snapshot of news, resources, new businesses, calendars for stakeholders in the economy.


DEPARTMENTS Economic Development works through numerous departments, each serving a specific portion of our economy with its own leadership, agenda, financing resources and philosophy on where to focus its attention. 

Fact sheets are produced with financial support from the property owners or local development groups with the objective of optimizing a building/site’s full capacity.

CITY FACT SHEETS view complete set here
Designed to provide a quick and easy snapshot of Tama County’s cities for new residents, workforce, or business prospects.

 TOWN POSTERS Town posters are on display in the Reinig Toledo Center lobby (also the admin office hub of Tama County Economic Development). Each offers a tongue in cheek insight into what makes each community stand out from other small towns. Occasionally these posters also show up in playful quality of life marketing campaigns.

BANNER BACKDROPS Three 8′ x 4′ banners are available to Partners to be used at trade shows, other significant events. Each depicts a respective theme of Tama County’s 1) authentic culture, arts & entertainment, 2) talented people with tactical creativity and practical skills, and 3) green, nature, organic spaces for congregation. Banners are also on display in the Reinig Toledo Center lobby.

WEEKLY CALENDAR UPDATES Weekly calendar items are forwarded regional media. To confirm your event is on the list correctly please click: www.tamacountyiowa.org/calendar

Tama County Economic Development
211 W. State Street, P.O. Box 22
Toledo, IA  52342
641-484-8636 fax


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