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IDED Quick News

The news report for customers, partners and friends of the
Iowa Department of Economic Development.
 July 5, 2002


  1. IDED Employee Awards
  2. Personnel Updates
  3. Vision Iowa
  4. Bio 2002
  5. Global Iowa
  6. VNI Forum
  7. IDED Broadens Fair Presence
  8. A Taste of Iowa and Regional Tourism
  9. Fancy Food Show Sells Iowa Products
  10. Community Development in Action
  11. Downtown Resource Center
  12. Tourism Office at Your Service
  13. Budget Update
  14. Notable Iowa Rankings
  15. IDED Presents at Bankers Symposium
  16. Niles Speaks in Maine
  17. Fredericksburg Quali Tech CEBA Award 
  18. Enterprise Zone Tax Benefits For Corning, Council Bluffs Projects 
  19. Entreprenurial Venture Assistance Funds Go To 4 projects
  20. Calendar 
  21. Privacy Statement
  22. Unsubscribe

IDED Employee Awards
Kerry Koonce and Hank Manning each received Governor's Golden Dome Awards in June.
Kerry Koonce was named employee of the year for the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Kerry currently coordinates marketing promotions for the Human Resource Recruitment Consortium and Business Development. In addition she has also assumed the responsibility of serving as the liaison between IDED and our in-house prospect qualification center. Kerry is very deserving if this honor. She continues to accept additional responsibility and perform at the highest level despite the increased workload 
Hank Manning was named IDED Leader of the Year. Hank is the Team Leader for the Community Facilities and Services Team of the Community Development Division. Hank coordinates staff working with a variety of program areas, including: water and sewer, community facilities and services, community revitalization, telecommunications, and workforce development. In addition to his responsibilities as Team Leader, Hank is responsible for managing funds for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and collaborating with other state and federal agencies.
Personnel Updates 
Tom Grau, Business Development Division Administrator, will be IDED's Life Sciences Advisor to focus on helping Iowa reach its potential in the life sciences industry sector. The new position will allow Tom to apply his expertise fulltime to developing life sciences ventures in Iowa. He will serve as the Department's liaison to the scientific community, Regents institutions and to agriculture, biotechnology and commodity groups. Tom will represent IDED on various boards and commissions to assist in fully developing the life sciences cluster. He will also work on identifying projects for the new Farm bill. Tom is available to consult with communities on new life sciences initiatives in your areas. Tom can be reached at 515.242.4769. 
Dan Dittemore, Strategic Initiative Manager, Value-Added Agriculture, and Mike Murwin, Marketing Manager, of the Tourism Office have chosen to take early retirement from their posts, leaving on August 15th. Their expertise will be missed in both areas, and we wish Dan and Mike the best. 
Stephen McCann, account executive with the Human Resources Recruitment Consortium is leaving July 12th to become Vice President of sales and marketing for Mirenco Corporation, Radcliffe. We will miss Steve and wish him well in this new opportunity.
Vision Iowa
Governor Tom Vilsack and Lt. Governor Sally Pederson joined the state’s Vision Iowa board recently in awarding the Des Moines Menace Foundation a $2.5 million grant. The state’s investment will assist in the creation of a new stadium for the soccer team.
Three other awards announced during the Board’s monthly meeting in Des Moines were made through the Community Attraction and Tourism Program (CAT). A component of Vision Iowa, CAT provides assistance to smaller initiatives. The board approved grants for projects in Marshall County, Waverly/Shell Rock and Scott County. For more information click on this link: next meeting is July 10 at the Holiday Inn on Fleur Drive in Des Moines. 
BIO 2002 - Iowa Creates a Strong Presence
Twenty-six sponsoring organizations and the Iowa Department of Economic Development joined together to command a major presence at BIO 2002, including three of Iowa’s research universities and corporate partners. Iowa had a 60-member delegation. These key representatives sought new customers, built strategic alliances, recruited research partners and pursued new investments at the largest international gathering of the biotechnology industry, June 9-12 in Toronto, Canada. As chair of the Governors Biotechnology Partnership, Governor Tom Vilsack spoke to more than 7,000 attendees at a plenary session and moderated a panel of agricultural biotechnology companies: Trans Ova Genetics, Hematech, and Sioux Pharm, Inc.
Global Iowa
IDED's foreign office directors for Japan and Europe, along with our representatives from Mexico and China, visited Iowa the week of May 19. Each director and representative presented an update to IDED staff on the economic and political conditions in their areas and their work in those geographic regions. The directors and representatives also participated in the Global Iowa Conference in Ames on May 23, and traveled throughout the state to meet with Iowa companies and communities. The Global Iowa Conference drew 110 attendees, with the Governor's Export Awards presented to Beam Industries, Webster City; Divine Engineering, Cedar Rapids; Insul-8 Corp., Harlan; Principal Financial Group, Des Moines and Swine Genetics Intl., Cambridge.  
VNI Forum
Six entrepreneurial companies hoping to attract investors made five-minute presentations to a packed house of potential investors at the Venture Network of Iowa forum May 9 at the Iowa Department of Economic Development. The forum was broadcast to 14 remote sites via the Iowa Communications Network. Keynote speaker Stephen Ringlee, who chairs the Venture Capital Committee of the Iowa Taxpayers Association, outlined the various components of the comprehensive legislative venture capital package for Iowa, signed by Governor Tom Vilsack in May. The following companies presented business plans: Visionation, West Des Moines; Soy Candle Farm, Sioux City; Interfuze, Dubuque; Aeron North America, Fairfield; Van Gorp Corporation, Pella; and Linkup, Inc., St. Louis Park, Mn.  
IDED Broadens Fair Presence  
Planning is underway for several IDED activities at this year's Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Tourism Building will house booths for A Taste of Iowaź , the Tourism Office and IDED/Vision Iowa, and Main Street. One A Taste of Iowa Company will be featured each day. Main Street Communities will be highlighting their communities each day, as well. For the first time, A Taste of Iowa room will be set aside in the Varied Industries Building for member companies to sell their products. The Human Resource Recruitment Consortium will also be there, in conjunction with the Workforce Development Department's booth. 
A Taste of Iowaź and Regional Tourism 
Central Iowa River Partnership and the A Taste of Iowa program have been working together to develop restaurant promotion in Franklin, Wright and Hardin counties to advance tourism in these areas through their upscale restaurant facilities. Participating restaurants featuring A Taste of Iowa products would be listed in the A Taste of Iowa Directory that to be distributed at Welcome Centers across Iowa, promoting tourism, the restaurants and the Iowa food products. For more information see http:/ 
Fancy Food Show Sells Iowa Products 
Six Iowa food companies participated in the Fancy Food Show mission May 6 -7 at McCormick Place in Chicago: Regi’s Cranberries, Log Chain Honey, Kramer’s Caliente Salsa, Scottsmans Mill Soy Nuts, Temptations Fine Candies and Whitaker Foods. Each company has an interest in the specialty food market and met with specialty food distributors, packers and brokers. The attending companies indicated they interested in participating as exhibitors at an Iowa pavilion during the Spring 2003 Fancy Food Show. For more information see
Community Development in Action  
Six applications for $130,000 total received funding from the Community Development Fund for a variety of projects, including e-commerce initiatives, growth management and land use. For more information, contact Cali Beals at 515.242.4723.
The City Development Board staff is working on Administrative Rules for legislation passed this year changing the steps in the annexation process and criteria for approval. The Board recently approved annexations in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, North Liberty and Independence. For more information on the City Development Board, contact Steve McCann at 515.242.4719 or visit
$2.3 million was awarded in Local Housing Assistance Program (LHAP) funds to 15 recipients in FY '02. $2.3 million was also awarded through the Homeless Fund to 127 organizations across the state this past year. For more information, contact Terry Vestal at 525.242.4850.
Downtown Resource Center
The first official visits to new Main Street communities of Marshalltown and Mt. Pleasant have been completed. Iowa has more Great American Main Street Award winners from the National Trust for Historic Preservation than any other state:
For more information, contact Thom Guzman at 525.242.4733.
Tourism Office at your Service 
Mark Eckman, Group Tour Manager, attended POW WOW in New Orleans in late May. POW WOW is the marketplace for international tour operators. Leads from the marketplace will be sent to the tourism industry for follow up materials. For more information, contact Nancy Landess at 515.242.4702.
The Iowa Tourism Office has contracted with Tom Smull of Associations Inc. to assist in selling space in tourism cooperative advertising efforts. Attractions, events, communities and destinations throughout the state will be contacted to participate and place their ads under an Iowa banner. This provides a bigger impact of all the tourism opportunities in Iowa and is cost effective for all advertisers.    
Budget Update
This year state revenues have seen their slowest growth in 50 years, and the growth in state expenditures is the smallest in 30 years. The financial shortfall has affected nearly every area of state government. For Fiscal Year 2003, the state general fund budget for IDED has been cut by $4.1 million, or more than 24 percent. In addition, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund (RIIF) has been cut by $1.1 million, which means the three programs will be put on hold for a year. Those programs are:
The next step is to allocate dollars to programs and finalize the Fiscal Year 2003 budget. This process involves gathering input from constituents on their priority areas, through formal requests, as well as with written responses or calls over the next couple of weeks. The final budget and summary will then be issued.
IDED has anticipated budget reductions and managed hiring by consciously eliminating or delaying filling open positions, leaving 30 positions vacant. Staff has worked to streamline all operations and be as efficient as possible. Some specific cost-saving measures implemented over the last year include:
The IDED staff remains committed to working with its partners to continue to identify and implement ways to improve the economic well being and quality of life for all Iowans.
Notable Iowa Rankings
IDED Presents at Iowa Bankers Symposium  
At the invitation of the Iowa Bankers Association, many of whose members are active in community economic development groups, Susan Stearns, Marketing Manager, of Business Development demonstrated the ICON System (Iowa Communities Online Network) web site to the group's Symposium for Business Financing. It was held on May 31 at the Gateway Center in Ames. The ICON system is state-of-the-art and Iowa is one of the first states to adopt the national standards for economic development data.
Donna Lowery, Targeted Small Business Specialist, was a panelist at the symposium, discussing alternative financing, including business grantee programs, SELP (Self Employment Loan Program) loan programs and targeted small business financing. Brice Nelson, Manager, Entrepreneurial Services, was a symposium panelist discussing venture capital.
Niles speaks in Maine 
C.J. Niles, Director, participated on a panel in June in Augusta, Maine at a workshop called "The Demographic Challenge: Youth and Talent." The audience was looking to Iowa as a leader in recruiting and retaining students and workers. She noted the various speakers at the conference addressed issues similar to Iowa's -- the new economy, building and educating the workforce, technology, and public-private collaboration. 
Fredericksburg Quali Tech CEBA Award Approved 
Governor Tom Vilsack has announced a $130,000 loan to assist the city of Fredericksburg and its partner organizations in recruiting a new employer. Fredericksburg is recruiting the animal nutrition manufacturing of Quali Tech, Inc. of Chaska, Minnesota. The project would create 35 jobs at an average starting wage of $13.91 per hour. 
Enterprise Zone Tax Benefits  For Corning, Council Bluffs Projects 
The Iowa Department of Economic Development has announced approval of two new  projects in Corning and Council Bluffs for Enterprise Zone tax benefits. Natural Nutrients USA, LLC will build and operate a  $10 million,  16,000 sq. ft. facility  in Corning  to refine natural glycerin for use by cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food, chemical and tobacco companies. The new plant will create 24 jobs at an average starting wage of $16.02 per hour. Council Bluffs  is recruiting a Mastercraft Furniture expansion which will employ 43 persons at an average starting wage of $11.65 per hour. Mastercraft is moving its production from Omaha, investing $2 million to build a 65,000-sq. ft. facility on a five-acre site. Mastercraft is now eligible for Enterprise Zone tax benefits in Council Bluffs
Natural Nutrients and Mastercraft are eligible for a state investment tax credit of up to ten percent of the total project costs and refunds of sales or use taxes on construction services.  
Entreprenurial Venture Assistance Funds Go To 4 projects
The Iowa Department of Economic Development has announced support for Iowa entrepreneurs who are bringing new technologies and products to market. C.J. Niles, Director, approved investments from the Entrepreneurial Venture Assistance (EVA) fund to develop smart ideas in information solutions, new materials, and ceiling tiles.
Sky Factory of Fairfield is changing the view in doctor and dentist offices. New ceiling tiles printed with colorful images of beautiful skies, clouds, flowers and prairie grasses put patients more at ease than staring up at a blank ceiling. The Sky Tiles product recreates the perspective of lying on one's back in the grass and looking up into the sky. The company is receiving $60,000 in EVA funds to further develop the product. 
Viable Technologies, LLC of Des Moines is seeking commercial uses for a new material developed at Iowa State University which is the second hardest substance next to diamonds. The material is an ultra-hard boride composed of boron, aluminum and magnesium and known as BAM. Viable Technologies was awarded $60,000 in EVA funds to meet a backlog of demand in providing samples of the material to businesses all over the world. 
ProPlanner.Net of Ames is repackaging process design software for manufacturing to offer it to smaller companies as a web-based computer application. Monthly fees from users will enable engineers to bring new or updated products into production faster. The company was awarded $60,000 in EVA funds to combine software tools for the service. 
AudioNet International, LLC of Iowa City is working with the world's top experts to develop a training network for healthcare and emergency management staff involved in homeland security against bioterrorism. AudioNet was awarded $60,000 in EVA funds to maintain the infrastructure during development until the company begins generating more revenue. 
Calendar of Events
July /August 
For up to date IDED Calendar of Events listings Click Here:

Eastern Iowa Tourism Association Annual Meeting
7/10/02 8:00 AM
Location: Keosauqua Country Club, Keosauqua .  For more information, contact Nancy Landess at 515.242.4705
or Email

Vision Iowa Board Meeting
7/10/02 10:30 AM  
 Location: Des Moines - Holiday Inn Airport ,  6111 Fleur Drive , Des Moines, IA. For more information, contact Pam Koehn at 515.242.4882   or Email

City Development Board Regular Board Meeting
7/11/02 1:00 PM
Location: IDED-Main Conference Room .  For more information, contact Ragina Ostendorf
or Email

City Development Board Decision Meeting  A02-0, Audubon 
7/11/02 3:00 PM
Location: IDED-Main Conference Room .  For more information, contact Ragina Ostendorf at 515.242.4746
or Email

City Development Board Public Hearing on NC02-12 Indianola
7/11/02 6:00 PM
Location: Indianola City Council Chambers .  For more information, contact Ragina Ostendorf at 515.242.4746
or Email

Smart Moves, Economic Development in the 21st Century
7/15/02 1:30 PM
The Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED) is hosting regional workshops this spring for economic developers, public officials and partners of the IDED. Location: Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services (KTOS) Center, Marion, IowaFor more information, contact Kerry Koonce at 800.245.4692
or Email

On The Road Again-Community Development Block Grant Regional Meetings
7/24/02 10:00 AM  
 Hank Manning, Dan Narber, and Leslie Leager will be hosting regional meetings to discuss Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) issues and administration.  Location: SWIPCO Offices, 1501 SW 7th StreetAtlantic, IA , 712-243-4196 .  For more information, contact Leslie Leager at 515.242.4855or Email

On The Road Again-Community Development Block Grant Regional Meetings
7/25/02 10:00 AM
Hank Manning, Dan Narber, and Leslie Leager will be hosting regional meetings to discuss Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) issues and administration. County Extension OfficeAEA, 824 Flindt DriveStorm Lake, IA712-732-5056For more information, contact Leslie Leager at 515.242.4855or Email

A Taste of Iowa and R AGBRAI 
7/26/02 to 7/27/02  
A Taste of Iowa, working in conjunction with an Iowa gift basket company, Iowa By Design out of Anamosa, will host a promotion during RAGBRAI 2002 at Anamosa, the Day 6 stop over place. Location: Anamosa, IowaFor more information, contact Gail Kotval at 515.242.4731 or Email
 Farms, Food & The Future Conference
7/30/02 to 7/31/02
The Farms, Food and the Future Conference will be held in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University Campus. This is a one day conference for producers, processors and anyone wanting an inside look at the future of adding value to Iowa's commodities. Attend on July 30th to learn, share and network with members of Iowa's value-added agriculture industry. Location: Ames, IowaFor more information, contact Jennifer Porter at 515.242.4871or Email

Central Iowa Tourism Region General Membership Meeting
7/31/02 8:00 AM  
Location: Iowa State Center, AmesFor more information, contact Nancy Landess at 515.242.4705 or Email

Water and Sewer Fund Pre-Applications Due
8/1/02 4:30 PM
Location: Iowa Department of Economic DevelopmentFor more information, contact Hank Manning at 515.242.4826
or Email

Iowa State Fair
8/8/02 9:00 AM to 8/18/02 9:00 PM
Location: Des MoinesFor more information, contact Nancy Landess at 515.242.4702 or Email

A Taste of Iowaź at the Iowa State Fair
8/8/02 9:00 AM to 8/18/02 9:00 PM
Product sales and food sampling opportunities will be offered to A Taste of Iowaź members during the 2002 Iowa State Fair. This year we will have an A Taste of Iowaź Room in the Varied Industries Building as well as a booth in the Tourism Building. A Taste of Iowaź will also have a display in the Family Center. Along with co-sponsoring The Best Bagger Contest with the Iowa Grocery Industry Association, A Taste of Iowaź will sponsor a recipe contest featuring A Taste of Iowaź products. Location: Iowa State Fairgrounds Des Moines, IowaFor more information, contact Gail Kotval at 515.242.473or Email

Exporting 101 for Grain Elevators
8/14/02 to 8/15/02  
Educational seminar for elevator management on Mexican border crossing logistics & documentation plus minimizing the payment risk factor. The location is tentatively planned for the ICGA Board RoomLocation: Des Moines, IowaFor more information, contact Dick Vegors at 515.242.4796 or Email

Community Facilities and Services Fund Pre-Applications Due
8/29/02 4:30 PM  
Location: Iowa Department of Economic DevelopmentFor more information, contact Hank Manning at 515.242.4836or Email

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