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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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Q1 2014 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q1 2014 Pitch & Build occurred on January 21, 2014 with presentations on Tama County’s 2nd annual STEM Festival in Traer, the expansion of the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center’s Tama-Toledo Clinic in Toledo, and the opportunity to purchase Petty Livestock Equipment Manufacturing in Gladbrook. Lisa Chizek of North Tama School District […]

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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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2011 EDIES Story 20 of 24: Community College Launches Green Tech Certification Program in Traer, Iowa

In response to the increase for needs in green technology, Hawkeye Community College custom designed a two year green technician certification program integrating various aspects of green technology including wind energy, solar energy, HVAC and geothermal to name a few. The brand new program was approved in the spring of 2011, and then implemented with […]

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2011 EDIES Story 15 of 24: Dysart and Traer Chambers of Commerce Both Draw in New Outside Markets

This is the first time that two groups that should theoretically be competing against each other were nominated together because both are deploying very proactive marketing strategies to communicate the assets of Tama County outside the county with the goal of growing the economy by bringing dollars into our communities. Traer’s marketing portfolio includes programs like […]

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2011 EDIES Story 8 of 24: Traer Municipal Utilities reveals the answer that was blowing in the wind

The dozens of meteorological wind towers erected all over Tama County, Iowa to measure wind speeds, should have tipped you off by now that we have above average wind speeds and transmission lines compared to the rest of the U.S. But it was even before these appeared that Traer Municipal Utilities started investigating the possibilities of locally produced energy from wind. […]

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2011 EDIES Story 2 of 24: How Wendt went from employee to owner to keep a business in Traer

Retiring entrepreneurs are a great threat to small town vitality. With fewer options, resources, and entrepreneurs in rural communities, we encourage business owners to at least start planning their exit strategies 10 years before their goal retirement date. In the case of Kaufman Tire & Service becoming Wendt Tire and Service they modeled one of […]

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Elections Update: Major changes in elected officials for Tama County, Iowa’s communities in 2012

If Tama County, Iowa really is a microcosm of the national political makeup and attitudes as national media has alluded to in the past, then what would you conclude if six or seven out of twelve towns elected new mayors? Even Meskwaki elected a new chairman. It is not a surprise that in general American […]

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Green Update: Traer Municipal Utilities breaks ground in clean tech energy solutions

In spite of the fact that Iowa has the lowest overall business utility rates, taxes, real estate costs, and wages in the nation (1),  local leaders in Traer, Iowa continue to look out for our best possible, probable and preferred future economic landscape. They recognize the opportunity of leveraging assets already in place since the state […]

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Global Update: Where in the world does Tama County, Iowa stand on international relations?

“After I graduated from school in Tama, I left my hometown and ultimately went to work for a big international corporation. As a youngster I did not realize how lucky I was to learn emerged in Tama County’s rich diversity with classmates from Meskwaki, immigrant kids from Mexico etc. Now I know it gave me […]

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