Tag Archives: Vining

2011 EDIES Story 17 of 24: Taking Care of the Heart of Vining, Tama County’s Smallest Town

The smallest community in Tama County calls itself a family. Often to follow that up with a poverty joke on how the city’s income to manage city affairs is below that of the average American household. But it is a community with heart and a sense of humor. In 2011 they had a special “heart” […]

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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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Fun Update: New Tama County Pocket Travel Guide features 100+ experiences to make your life more colorful

Get in touch with Tama County, Iowa. Over one hundred attractions nestled amongst natural beauty off the beaten path just got easier to find! The Tama County Travel Guide invites travelers and area residents to (re)discover how authentic experiences with family and friends add meaning and color to our lives. With this new and improved booklet we make […]

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2010 EDIES Story 12 of 24: Providing a welcoming gathering space in one of Iowa’s smallest towns

In one of Iowa’s smallest towns stands a grocery store adored by bicyclists, hunters, and pepper tournament enthusiasts.  And don’t forget the 25 cent bottomless coffee lovers.  The reason this store is nominated in the category of community is because it is selling much more than the traditional products and services. It is also creating a […]

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Industry Update: Commission Breaks Bread with Tama County Farmers

Tama County, Iowa has a core competency in agriculture. Contributing factors include having Tama soil which is one of the most fertile soil types in world, combined with having one of the strongest multi-generational transfer of farming skills. Recognizing the importance and ongoing changes of the industry, the Commission sat down with Tama County ag […]

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Best of Tama County curbside appeal: Who was behind standout improvements launched over the past 3 years?

Without exception, each of Tama County’s towns invested in curbside appeal over the past 3 years. City Councils, nonprofits, businesses, residents and others were all examples of the catalysts that transformed the face of our towns. At the August Commission Roundtable we discussed the resources and skills that made these developments possible, as well as […]

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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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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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