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Tama County Economic Development Commission IN THIS ISSUE: Winds of Change…….……..p 1 Q1 Highlights………..……...p 2 Summer Calendar………….p 2 Industry Focus……………...p 3 2009 Partners….…………...p 4

Congratulations to our owners of

New Businesses! Bar D Logistics 2394 V Avenue, Clutier Owner: Sarah Barfels Sub City 209 Highway 30 West, Toledo Iron Horse Bar & Grill 2603 Highway 8 East, Traer 319-478-2828 Owners: Bryan Bowman & Kris Arp Prime Time Sportswear 604—3rd Street, Traer Owner: Shawn Larmore

New Ownership Golden Door Motel 515—1st Street, Traer 319-478-2771 Owners: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Smentek

Business Expansions Roy’s Auto 229 S.State Street, Tama Expansion: Now offer’s U-Hauls Young’s Golf Cars 107 Sherman Street, Dysart Expansion: Now builds go carts If you are interested in starting a business or purchasing a business, take a look at:

Summer 2009

WINDS OF CHANGE BLOWING IN TAMA CO? May 4-7, 2009 Tama County Economic Development joined Gov. Chet Culver for the second year at the annual WINDPOWER conference to communicate Iowa’s capacities in providing solutions for the growing wind power sector. In spite of a down economy, this sector has been consistently strengthening its interest in Tama County over the past two years. Here are some of the reasons wind farm developers and manufacturers say that they have an interest in Tama County and surrounding area.

Gov. Culver answering questions, WINDPOWER 2009.

Wind Farms • Wind capacity is above average in Tama Co. • Open spaces max potential of turbine output • Strong capacity of the grid in Tama Co. • Proximity to markets are good Manufacturing • 5.7 Billion/yr market within 1 day truck drive • Iowa legislature shapes the market with progress driven benchmarks • Iowa ranks 2nd in low cost for doing business • Educational programs to train workforce • Tama County’s 4-lane highway • 9 of the top US 20 manufacturers are within an approximate 2 hr driving distance of Tama Co.

DYSART TRUCKING WINS GE AWARD In March 2009, Dysart Trucking from Dysart, Iowa was honored with the GE award for excellence. They rank #1 in GE wind tower carriers for safety and performance, also hauling other big names in the sector like Mitsubishi, Gamesa, Clipper and Suzion. Dysart Trucking is furthermore a company driven by innovation. They designed and introduced a trailer 50% lighter, and in partnership with Peterson Trucking (also from Dysart) is preparing to break ground on a new Dysart expansion in June 2009.

Tama County Economic Development, Summer 2009

SUNNY DAYS! Highlights of Q1 2009 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIVE TAMA CO. A SPECIAL DESIGNATION TO HELP BIZ June 16, 7pm at the Tama Civic Center, 305 Siegel St, downtown Tama, CIRAS will be presenting an information session to business leaders interested in leveraging the Tama Co.’s HUBZone status to get federal government contracts. Minority, Women and Veteran owned businesses strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to 4-LANING HWY 30 The Iowa Department of Transportation 5 year plan confirms that the Tama-Toledo bypass funding is on track to be completed by Nov 2010, price tag $54M. Portions of the hwy connecting Tama-Benton and Marshall-Story is also in the 5 year plan for improvements. SMALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACHIEVE Study suggests that smaller rural districts are more efficient academically with higher proficiency scores and lower dropout rates. Iowa ranked 3rd in the Nation with the majority of its 250+ school districts have K-12 populations under 800 students. Source: U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. WINERY WINS AWARD John Ernest Vineyard & Winery won a double gold for their The Morning Dew and a gold for their Dusty Road wines from Appellation America.

COMMUNITY PLANNING Thanks to a Hazard Mitigation grant, the cities of Tama County have started a community planning process that addresses not only safety planning, but also community development factors to shape the future of each community.

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Gladbrook Corn Carnival

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Rube’s Fest Live music, food & drink tent, entertainment Montour 641-492-6222


Independence Day Events

2009 EARMARKS Meskwaki Clinic was the only earmark with direct impact to Tama Co. that received support in the omnibus spending bill in March. It received $618,000. Tens of millions of dollars where allocated to Iowa overall for projects ranging from Research & Development, Education, Health Care, Government Facilities, to Arts & Culture in cities and organizations large and small.

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Garwin Toledo Dysart

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Cornman Triathlon

PLANS FOR BIO-ENERGY CAMPUS City of Tama & the state of Iowa have been approached to be conduits in a $520 million bond for Alpha holdings interested acquisition development and construction of a fully integrated bio-energy campus in Tama and Dexter.

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RETAIL GROWTH CAPACITY An ISU study indicates over $80M of retail dollars leave the county. Researchers estimate that a capacity of just under $30M could feasibly be recouped if the right retail businesses locate in Tama Co. Currently inquiries from national chains with interest locating on the new bypass indicate an increasing awareness of the potential for retail in Tama County.


Wed-Sun Tama County Fair 4-H livestock shows & exhibits 15-19 Gladbrook

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MAKING TAMA COUNTY A GREAT PLACE Over the next few months Tama County will be one of 13 places in Iowa working to communicate what makes them a wonderful and unique place based on projects they are launching in the areas of a) Nature, b) Historic Preservation and c) Arts and Culture. The following groups are representing Tama County: 1) Meskwaki Culture & Nature Center project. Leader: Wilbur Nelson 2) Tama County Conservation Board projects . Leader: Bob Etzel 3) Wieting Theatre Period Restoration. Leader: Jim Roan 4) South Tama County Recreation Trail. Leader: Mark McFate 5) Dysart Historical Museum expansion. Leader: Cathy Wieck 6) Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery. Leader: Ellen Young If Tama County wins this honor they will also receive sizable grants, technical support from state resources and an organized marketing campaign to promote it.


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500m swim, 14 mile bike, 5k run 9:00 a.m. Union Grove State Park, Gladbrook 641-473-3019



Parade, midway rides, food, dance, 5k run/walk, collector’s fair Gladbrook 641-473-3056

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Soiree in the City Ladies day with displays, style shows, hands on demonstrations Dysart 319-476-7277

Clutier Band Concert Polka music, kolaches 7-9 pm Clutier 319-479-2530

7th Annual Old Iron Days Vintage equipment, car show, tractor cruise, kids activities, music Dysart 319-476-4949

Clutier Fun Days Parade, kids games, food, cruise, dance, fireworks, 5k run/walk Clutier 319-479-2530

Winding Stairs Festival Parade, kids games, food, dance 5k run/walk, tractor cruise Traer 319-478-2134

Meskwaki PowWow Tribal ceremonial dances, colorful native regalia, arts & crafts, food Meskwaki Settlement Hwy. E49 West of Tama 641-484-4678

Double D Rodeo Rodeo, stagecoach & trolley rides, concessions, dance Hwy E29 north of Toledo 641-484-4375



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Tama County Economic Development

Standard Mail U.S. Postage Paid Toledo, IA Permit No. 22

PO Box 22 Toledo, IA 52342

The mission of Tama County Economic Development is to coordinate the cultivation and development of Tama County’s business environment by aiding business, agriculture, industry and residents in maximizing their full economic potential within the county and beyond.


Tama County Economic Development Partners PLATINUM PARTNERS Alliant Energy State Bank of Toledo Iowa Telecom

GOLD PARTNERS Tama Co. Abstract Company Tama Paperboard TIP Rural Electric

SILVER PARTNERS Acme Printing Bohemian Mutual Insurance Consumers Energy Gethmann Construction Grundy County REC Sunshine Laundry/ Tama-Toledo Storage Tama Co. Mutual Insurance

Additional partners welcomed. Forms available at: PartnershipForm



Appraisal & Real Estate Service Covenant Clinics DeWitt Refrigeration Eikamp Insurance Farmers Mutual Ins. Assoc. Farmers Savings Bank Glenwood Place Assisted Living Goos Implement Grinnell Reg. Medical Center Hempy Farms Iowa Builders Supply Kenkel Law Office L.L. Owens & Associates Manatt’s Jim & Mary Roan Rowan Equipment & Fabrication Sand Hill Auto Salvage Sunrise Hill Care & Rehab Center Traer PEO Ladies

Nick Podhajsky Chair, Traer Don Lyons, Vice-Chair, Dysart Pat Veit, Director, Chelsea Roger Ochs, Chelsea Gerry Kopriva, Clutier Arlene Vondracek, Clutier Dwayne Luze, Dysart Mark Fisher, Elberon Scott McMains, Elberon Carl Zoffka, Garwin Merle Parks, Garwin Geri Eilers, Gladbrook Mandy Gehring, Gladbrook Roland Fink, Lincoln Annie Stocker, Lincoln Susan Holubar, Montour Dale Gericke, Montour Chris Bearden, Tama Josh Youngbear, Tama Pam Wood, Toledo Pete Zmolek, Toledo Ellen Young, Traer Midge Horton, Vining Phyllis Hosek, Vining Kendall Jordan, Co. Supervisor Larry Vest, Co. Supervisor Dan Wilkens, Co. Supervisor

STAFF Lindi Roelofse, Executive Director Joanne Husak, Administrative Assistant

Tama County SummerNews 2009  

News, resources, calendar, new businesses and industry update of interest to vitality in and around Tama County, Iowa.