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New Strategic Investment Plan unveiled for a better future of Tama County, Iowa

Economic development organizations do not get featured in the limelight every time new jobs, new capital investment, and increased efficiency happen, but Tama County Economic Development Commission’s investments, influence and innovative approach make real improvements and help unlock Tama County, Iowa’s potential. The Commission works in partnership with any organization or individual that can use […]

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Grants Update: Do you have ideas for making Tama County even more beautiful?

“What a beautiful small town. I can see that the people who live here care about this place. So tell me about the workforce availability…”                          Traer Manufacturing prospect, 2009 This would be one example of what we hear from prospects (who are considering investing millions of dollars into our economy) when we visit industrial building […]

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Foundation Update: 40 Nonprofits to make $2.9M direct economic impact

A Foundation is a different kind of organization. It does not put out fires. It does not rescue animals. Nor does it educate young people on how to use new technology. However, it does create and grow financial resources in perpetuity to help nonprofits fulfill community needs. In 2010 $95K was awarded to 40 community organizations/projects […]

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Early Summer Fun!

School is out, the corn is knee-high, and the summer season is upon us. Tama Countians are ready to open their arms and welcome one and all to their summer celebrations. We’ve got five communities planning big events in the next few weeks. Come and enjoy our genuine small town atmosphere. Sweet Corn Eating Contest, Cow Chip Bingo, Picnic […]

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Historic Preservation Update: Is Tama County one of the most historically rich rural counties of Iowa?

Upon news that Tama County was designated as an Iowa Great Place a Meskwaki Tribal Councilman commented: “We knew this was a great place a long time ago, that is why we bought our first 80 acres in 1857.” The early Tama County Czech and German settlers had a very similar opinion as 288 Tama […]

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Education Update: Iowa Valley Community College District prepares for bold new moves

Iowa Valley Community College held their Strategic Meeting last week. A diverse group of about 100 persons participated.  Across eight question categories of ideas for improvement sought, a dominant theme emerged:  increasing efficient communication on various information sharing platforms. Ultimately this boiled down to a need for a unified brand for all three campuses, e.g: […]

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General Update: Annual Report to the 28E public partners have been completed

Every year, around the time when the cherry blossoms up and down Tama County’s streets start blooming is when we visit with each of the twelve city councils and county supervisors that make up Tama County Economic Development Commission for the annual report. This year we also left a present at each city hall: a […]

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Financing Resources Update: USDA has record high funding available for rural counties

“We don’t want Tama County to miss this window of opportunity,” that was the bottom line of the message Brandon Shaw, Tama County’s USDA Community Development Specialist, shared with a group of Tama County leaders last night. He explained that USDA currently has a record high amount of funding to allocate for grants and loans […]

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Industry Update: a decade of retail & service sector growth

Over the past decade, Tama County businesses have produced a 28% growth in taxable  retail and service sales, from $83 million to $106 million annually. This number is especially important to combat assumptions that the economy is contracting when it is in fact changing and adapting into a new economy: Toledo contributed the lion’s share to the taxable […]

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Great Places Update: $2M appropriated

Thank you to the Iowa Legislators for appropriating $2M towards Iowa Great Places for the next fiscal year. In order to gain access to the funds, Iowa Attorney General’s grant agreement outlines a legal need for increased governmental collaboration (an economic principle also critical in rural Iowa long-term capacity building.) For Tama County that means that […]

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