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Media Update: Meet our 2011 New Media Pioneers

Technology is one of the most basic building blocks of healthy economic development. It is doubling in power to do more with fewer resources every year. If the same pioneering spirit that gave birth to America’s rich agricultural wealth can be applied to harnessing technology in rural government, education, business, nonprofits and workforce, our rural economies can […]

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Industrial Update: How Tama County’s local elected officials embody what every elected official should know about economic development

Recently the National League of Cities in partnership with the International Economic Development Council published a list of 10 things every local elected official should know about economic development. Today we want to express our appreciation for local leaders who choose to be active, informed and visionary partners in economic development as was evident on […]

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Entrepreneurship Update: Visit behind the scenes of industry in Tama County and get a taste for starting up a rural business, June 21

A sincere thank you to Rowan Equipment & Fabrication in Dysart for hosting the last Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust behind the scenes industry visit. With our special “backstage manufacturing passes” we had a chance to see for ourselves some of the evolution in industrial technology that is allowing our manufacturing plants in rural Iowa to […]

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New Media Roundtable: How FREE marketing is allowing businesses, nonprofits and government in Tama County to do more, faster and cheaper, May 24

Last summer we did a Roundtable featuring pioneers of Tama County’s green technology sector who are moving our economy forward. This summer we are introducing you to Tama County’s pioneers in new media who are using technology to do business, nonprofit development and govern on a smaller budget, faster, and a broadened audience scope. For a rural county […]

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Utilities Update: Tama County, Iowa has the best rural water in the USA?

After a series of taste tests and examinations, the winner of the Great American Water Taste Test was announced on February 9 at the 2011 National Rural Water Association Rally in Washington, D.C. Central Iowa Water Association won the gold medal award and title of the best tasting rural water in the USA. Silver medal went […]

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Entrepreneurship Update: How can we support each other better?

I was dashing through the Des Moines airport not too long ago when the striking advertising poster (below) from Pioneer Hi-Bred caught my attention. Not only because we worked with them on a $7 million capital investment campaign into our two Tama County, Iowa plants (Dysart and Toledo), but also because this ad celebrated our […]

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Entrepreneurship Update: Rural Entrepreneurs Speak Candidly

Last night leaders from Tama County’s business, education, nonprofit and government sectors came together to discuss strategies for taking Tama County’s ability to cultivate locally originating innovation and leadership to the next level through entrepreneurship. A discussion driven by seasoned entrepreneurs touched on local resources they value, what they learned the hard way, barriers, and […]

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Tourism Update: Do we really know what is in our own backyards?

The U.S. Travel Association said more consumers are ready to take a break from home this year with 2.3 percent more vacation travel expected than in 2009. The American Express Spending & Saving Tracker, released last month, found that about 51% of Americans plan to take a summer vacation this year, and spend an average […]

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Entrepreneurship Update: record breaking 18 businesses open doors over 6 months

During the first half of 2010 many people were still labeling the economy as “being in a recession.” Yet something remarkable was happening in Tama County. A record-breaking 18 small town businesses opened their doors and welcomed people to come do business with them. That is 18 in 6 months compared to the 17 total in 2009. 10 of […]

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Partnership Update: Meskwaki signs 28E agreement to join Tama County Economic Development Commission

It is a pleasure to share news that the Tama County Economic Development Commission partnerships got stronger this morning when the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa joined into their first 28E Partnership. We look forward to continue building on the assets of having a culturally diverse economic base, pioneering rural accomplishments, […]

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