Tag Archives: EDIE Awards

And the Tama County EDIE Award Winners are…

The EDIES “E.D.ies” stand for Economic Development awards, and are designed to celebrate and highlight innovation.  These awards feature undertakings by businesses, nonprofits, property owners, workforce, educational institutions, and governments of Tama County who implemented innovative solutions to real world problems in 2011.  The Tama County Economic Development Commission recognizes these progressive movements through its EDIE Awards. Last […]

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EDIES 2010 Winners: Tama County highlights our economy’s Super Connections

The theme of the night was Super Connections, as Tama County Economic Development Commission hosted the 2011 EDIES event last night bringing together stand-out leaders and innovators who shaped the 2010 economy into which we are all connected. 24 projects were put in the spotlight with the unveiling of the Tama County Connections Magazine 2011. […]

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2010 EDIES Story 24 of 24: How socializing amongst winners increases success

In 2010 Tama County saw an unprecedented spike in entrepreneurship activity.  The Entrepreneurship Trust launched in 2010 to serve as an intellectual and innovative support network to maximize long term success of entrepreneurs and increase economy driven by local innovation and leadership. Project leader Eric Joyce explains.  Remind me – what are the EDIES.    […]

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2010 EDIES Story 23 of 24: Partnerships hidden in plain sight produce high voltage marketing campaign

The Gladbrook City Council and the community school district have a strong track record of combining financial and leadership resources to facilitate remarkable outcomes for a town under 1,000. In 2010 they teamed up again to erect an electronic roadside sign to promote community gatherings and a community video to let families know that they are […]

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2010 EDIES Story 22 of 24: Community college clicks and connects where the grass is greener

Hawkeye Community College does not currently have a brick and mortar presence inside Tama County (but that may all change over the next few months).  Partnerships are thus critical to serve its communities and included organizations like Dysart Development Corp, Farmers Telephone Company, and Dysart Library.  Over 30 students over the age of 50 were […]

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2010 EDIES Story 21 of 24: Meskwaki youth learn how 1 + 1 can = 2.1

In 1990 the Meskwaki Tribe started a trust fund for its members with a lump sum payout option for youngsters on their 18th birthday.  To help young people make informed decisions for their long-term financial health, two classes were offered for young people and their parents. A drawing for cool prizes was also introduced to encourage […]

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2010 EDIES Story 20 of 24: High tech jobs booting up in rural Iowa

The high tech landscape is evolving in a way that is leveling the economic playing field for rural communities.  Not only are mega companies picking Iowa above Silicon Valley for specific types of expansions, but these companies are recognizing the value of a telecommuting workforce that can choose to live in small rural towns while […]

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2010 EDIES Story 19 of 24: Hauling jobs into our economy

The trucking industry in Tama County has capacity for growth to employ more workers, and that is exactly what Z Line did when they expanded their trailer fleet leveraging the buyer’s market in the middle of the recession.  Z Line also welcomed the challenge of adding to their 46 person workforce by publically saying that […]

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2010 EDIES Story 18 of 24: Sneak a peak inside the toolbox of our DIY economy

When Ed Hardon, the owner of the local hardware store in downtown Tama, neared retirement, he proactively set out to find talent who could take over the business he had built up over 50 years.  Three years ago the future owner moved to Tama County to work in concert with Mr. Hardon to gain some insight […]

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Spring 2011 Newsletter: What economic results can be bought if each resident donated a sandwich and carton of milk in coins? That and other news

Our Spring 2011 Newsletter spills the secrets. Learn how Tama County beat national recession trends and is facilitating millions of dollars in healthy and diversified new investment by leveraging the cost of a sandwich ($5.80) and carton of milk ($1.50) per resident per year. And find out how Tama County can produce these results with only […]

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