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IDED Quick News

The news report for customers, partners and friends of the
Iowa Department of Economic Development.
 
May 23, 2002
 

Contents:

  1. Global Iowa Conference
  2. Human Resource Recruitment Consortium News
  3. Smart Conference Report 
  4. Venture Network
  5. Business Development News
  6. A Taste Of Iowa
  7. Downtown Resource Center News
  8. Iowa Tourism News
  9. Iowa Film Office
  10. Privacy Statement
  11. Unsubscribe


Global Iowa Conference
  • The Annual Global Iowa Conference - "Global Economy in the 21st Century" --is Thursday, May 23 at The Gateway Center hotel in Ames. This conference is an annual event that focuses on international trade. Governor Vilsack has been invited to speak and present the "Governor's Export Awards." Iowa representatives from Tokyo and Frankfurt offices and consultants from Mexico and Hong Kong will be here for the week of May 20th to visit various companies and attend the conference. For more information: http://www.iowaexports.com/globaliowa.html
Human Resource Recruitment Consortium News
  • The Human Resource Recruitment Consortium (HRRC) discussed ideas for retaining Iowa's students at the April 18 Advisory Board meeting. Members shared their efforts to reach K-12 students and will work to identify ways that the HRRC could support their current efforts or create new opportunities to encourage grade school, middle school and high school students to envision their futures in Iowa. Members strongly encouraged the HRRC staff to continue marketing to college students and building strong relationships with the career placement personnel. It was also recommended the HRRC place a special emphasis on educating faculty about career opportunities in Iowa and the benefits of keeping Iowa's students here. http://www.smartcareermove.com
  • The HRRC partnered with the Iowa Association for Internships and Cooperative Education (IAICE) to present the "Developing Successful Internship/Co-op Partnerships" workshop on April 30. It is recognized that one of the best ways to increase the number of Iowa college graduates who consider Iowa career opportunities is by making more internships and co-op opportunities available to them. The workshop was designed to help businesses better understand how to develop co-ops and internships from both the business and educational institutions' standpoints. http://www.smartcareermove.com
  • HRRC staff participated in the Iowa Scholars Ceremony on May 1 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The ceremony is an annual event in which Iowa's top graduating high school seniors are honored. The students have the opportunity to listen, are recognized and also get their pictures taken with Governor Vilsack. This is a great opportunity for the HRRC to educate students and their parents about the challenging career paths available in Iowa and ask them to consider Iowa for their future career.
Smart Conference
  • Approximately 500 persons registered for The Smart Conference - "Ideas for the New Economy" -jointly sponsored with the Iowa Utility Association on May 2 at the Polk County Convention Complex. Governor Vilsack was the opening speaker. Other highlights included keynote speaker, Capt. Scott F. O'Grady (Return with Honor author), Community Development marketing expert Eric P. Canada, tourism development in the Heartland expert Bill Geist, Keeping and Attracting Young Talent strategist Rebecca Ryan and Model Community updates.
Venture Network
  • Six capital seeking companies presented May 9th at the Venture Network of Iowa forum, originating from IDED and carried to investors gathered at 14 statewide locations over the Iowa Communications Network. Presenters were Visionation, West Des Moines; Soy Candle Farm, Sioux City/St. Paul, MN; Interfuze, Dubuque; LinkUp, St. Louis Park, MN; Aeron North America, Fairfield and Van Gorp Corporation, Pella. http://www.state.ia.us/sbro/vni.htm 
Business Development News
  • Two IDED staff and 10 Iowa sponsors hosted an event at the CoreNet Global Summit, May 7th in Salt Lake City, Utah for the influential professionals in corporate real estate. IDED coordinated a dinner for 20 top corporate real estate prospects as an opportunity for excellent one-on-one marketing opportunities.
  • Iowa Quality Beef Producers Network, LLC--a business entity created by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association--is taking possession of the Tama Beef Plant during May and negotiations are underway for a processor partner to re-open the plant. Staff has worked with the Iowa Cattlemen for over three years to establish an equity ownership position for Iowa cattle producers in beef processing facilities.
  • Last Fall, the first field of "pharmaceutical" corn in North America was harvested on an Iowa farm. Production of human drugs in transgenic plants offers potential for dramatic reduction in drug production costs. Business Development staff have been active participants with those Iowa farmers and others in formulating a plan for construction of a new facility to extract and purify drug compounds from transgenic corn and other crops. Final negotiations are underway with two prospective tenant firms selected from among the world leaders in this revolutionary technology.
A Taste of Iowa
  • A Taste of Iowa is conducting a joint promotion with the Iowa Lottery during June featuring lotto tickets and discount coupons on Roberts, Cookies and Aunt Viís products. The Lottery has purchased an $80,000 radio package with radio remotes. A Taste of Iowa and company representatives will market at six locations: June 12 - Dahls, Des Moines, June 14 - Hy-Vee Ė Davenport, June 18 - Hy-Vee - Sioux City, June 19 - Hy-Vee - Council Bluffs, June 21 - Hy-Vee - Mason City, and June 24 - Hy-Vee - Cedar Rapids. http://www.atasteofiowa.org
Downtown Resource Center News
  • Governor Tom Vilsack commended the achievements and presented the awards to 42 exceptional downtown revitalization projects and 27 outstanding volunteers at the 15th Annual Main Street Iowa Awards
  • Two new Main Street communities: Marshalltown and Mount Pleasant.
  • Cedar Falls was named the sixth Iowa winner of the Great American Main Street Award, by the National Trust for Historic Preservationís Main Street Center. Iowa's six GAMSA awards is more than any other state.
  • Housing Team
  • $ 11,456,823 awarded in Housing Fund awards to 30 Iowa communities. For more information, contact Terry Vestal at 525.242.4850.
Iowa Tourism News
  • May is Iowa Tourism Month.
  • A partnership between the Tourism Office and Taste of Iowa will be handing out soy nuts to travelers stopping at Welcome Centers near Wilton, Davis City, Sgt. Bluff, Underwood and Northwood.
  • The cooperative advertising options for 2003 in tourism publications have been announced. All ads appear under an Iowa banner and are an excellent way to partner and pool resources. For list of options, contact Nancy Landess at 515.242.4702.
  • Community Development Fund
  • Seven applications for $174,900 received four currently under review and three projects totaling $55,900 funded. For more information, contact Cali Beals at 515.242.4723.
Iowa Film Office
  • Several productions are in development or have been completed, including a National Geographic Documentary, Independent Feature "Box Office" Mason City, and more. For more information, contact Wendol Jarvis at 515.242.4726.
Calendar of Events
May/June
 
May
 
5/23/02 to 5/24/02
Global Iowa Conference "Global Economy in the 21st Century,"
is the theme of this year's annual Global Iowa Conference. The conference will be held Thursday, May 23, 2002, at The Hotel Gateway Center in Ames, Iowa. For more information contact Kanan Kappelman at 515.242.4892
or email globaliowa@ided.state.ia.us
 
5/25/02 8:00:00 AM to 5/29/02 4:00:00 PM
POW WOW Marketplace
Annual event joins state and local tourism offices with group tour planners and media from around the world. Location: New Orleans, Louisiana For more information contact Mark Eckman at 515-242-4770
or email
mark.eckman@ided.state.ia.us  

June

6/4/02 1:30:00 PM to 6/4/02 4:30:00 PM
Smart Moves, Economic Development in the 21st Century
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is hosting regional workshops this spring for economic developers, public officials and partners of the IDED. Location: Cedar Rapids/Iowa City
For more information contact Kerry Koonce at 800.245.4692
or email
regionalmeetings@ided.state.ia.us


6/10/02 8:00:00 AM to 6/10/02 4:00:00 PM
Eastern Iowa Tourism Association Annual Meeting
Location: Keosauqua
For more information contact Nancy Landess at 515-242-4702
or email
nancy.landess@ided.state.ia.us

6/13/02 1:00:00 PM to 6/13/02 4:00:00 PM
City Development Board Regular Board Meeting
Location: IDED-Main Conference Room
For more information contact Steve McCann at 515.242.4719
or email
cdb@ided.state.ia.us

6/26/02 8:00:00 AM to 6/26/02 4:00:00 PM
Western Iowa Tourism Region Annual Meeting
Location: Palo Alto County
For more information contact Nancy Landess at 515-242-4702
or email
tourism@ided.state.ia.us

6/18/02 1:30:00 PM to 6/18/02 4:30:00 PM
Smart Moves, Economic Development in the 21st Century
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is hosting regional workshops this spring for economic developers, public officials and partners of the IDED. Location: Fort Dodge
For more information contact Kerry Koonce at 800.245.4692
or email
regionalmeetings@ided.state.ia.us

6/25/02 1:30:00 PM to 6/25/02 4:30:00 PM
Smart Moves, Economic Development in the 21st Century
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is hosting regional workshops this spring for economic developers, public officials and partners of the IDED. Location: Marshalltown
For more information contact Kerry Koonce at 800.245.4692
or email
regionalmeetings@ided.state.ia.us  

6/27/02 1:30:00 PM to 6/27/02 4:30:00 PM
Smart Moves, Economic Development in the 21st Century
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is hosting regional workshops this spring for economic developers, public officials and partners of the IDED. Location: Carroll For more information contact Kerry Koonce at 800.245.4692
or email regionalmeetings@ided.state.ia.us

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