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Tama County Q3 2014 Pitch & Build

On September 9, 2014, Tama County Economic Development hosted the Q3 2014 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about unique specialty shops in Dysart and Gladbrook, and food and drink opportunities in Tama and Toledo. Barb Smith of […]

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Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build

  The Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build on April 29, 2014, had presentations on reproduction firearms, a bed & breakfast, an outdoor classroom, an antique business, and a local eatery. Josh Casto of Casto Armory, Traer, turned his hobby into a thriving business.  He manufactures reproductions of antique rifles and bullets as well […]

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Q3 2013 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q3 2013 Pitch & Build occurred on August 27, 2013 with presentations on a health food restaurant in Toledo, a curbside recycling business in Tama-Toledo, a new specialty shop in Gladbrook, and a baseball training complex in Tama County.  Updates were made on the Oakridge Motocross Park in rural Garwin and RMA Supply Company […]

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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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Nancy’s Cafe & Confectionery

Nancy Freeland of Dysart has opened Nancy’s Cafe and Confectionery in the former location of the SpecialTea Room, at 325 Main Street in Dysart, Iowa.  They will serve soup sandwiches, desserts and specialty teas in a tea room setting.  Hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  For more information, call 319-476-CAKE […]

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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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Tama County Pitch & Build

Tama County’s first Pitch & Build contest occurred August 28, 2012, with five concepts for home-grown business ideas or products being presented.  The competition was open to anyone in Tama County to pitch their business idea to a group of peer CEOs, business development experts, and industry professionals.  In return, they had a unique opportunity […]

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Tama Benton Cooperative

Rebuilding efforts are underway at all three locations of the Tama Benton Coop after the July 11 windstorm.   In Vinton, the north receiving dump has been upsized and rebuilt and the four storage bins will be all replaced and/or repaired.  The south receiving pit will get a new, larger structure covering it, allowing for safer […]

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2011 EDIES Story 24 of 24: Response to the once in a 1,000 Year Wind Storm

On July 11, 2011 around 4 am Tama County was hit by a straight-line wind that measured forces up to 130 miles per hour before meteorological towers disintegrated. Not a single human life was lost, but $100+ million in lost productivity was suffered through the loss of animals, buildings, infrastructure, crops, and other protective vegetation. […]

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2011 EDIES Story 19 of 24: Small Rural School District’s Robotics Program Takes Flight

Engineering and creative problem solving are the building blocks of any product design or manufacturing process.   These skills need to be fostered in our youth as early as possible in order for them to engage their college and workforce environments with considerable experience already achieved.   The “Steel of the Knights” Union District Robotics program provides […]

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