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Governor Culver stopped in Menlo on his way west on an 11-community ride on the Iowa Interstate Railroad. The Governor touted legislators’ efforts to keep Iowans safe, credited economic developers for keeping Iowa’s economy competitive during a recession, and recognized the overall contributions that freight rail has on Iowa economic development. The Governor also touted efforts to expand passenger rail. Read more »

 

Panora Telco and Prairie Telephone of Yale are happy to announce an agreement that will move about 40 telephone customers in the Yale serving area, on the north end of Lake Panorama, to Panora Telco from Prairie Telephone. Read more »

 

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced the release of a total of $4,134,640 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. These funds were included in the 2009 spending bill, as well as the 2005 Highway Reauthorization bill. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations committee and worked to secure these dollars. Read more »

 

Two of the exhibited homes were built by high school students through the Creston High School carpentry program. Seven junior- and senior-level students from Creston, Greenfield, East Union, and Lenox participated this year. Students were actively involved in the general construction and building of the homes. Read more »

 

SynGest, which proposes to make anhydrous ammonia fuel and fertilizer from corn cobs, held two public informational meetings in Guthrie County, Iowa this week. Those meetings were sponsored by the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation, the tri-county economic development group for Adair, Greene and Guthrie Counties. Read more »

 

Following is the tentative schedule for the annual "Good Egg Days" celebration from June 19-21. Some events and times are subject to change. Read more »

 

Ric Hanson of radio station KJAN in Atlantic attended the SynGest public meeting in Guthrie Center on Wednesday night. An audio clip of the meeting was included during the station’s news report. Read more »

 

Owen Shunkwiler scoops up a handful of a product his company calls Dakota Germ, an ethanol co-product made here. The product was not made here a few years ago, before the plant made a variety of improvements. “This isn’t the same as it was when it opened in 2002,” Shunkwiler says of the POET facility he manages here. Read more »

 

Poet LLC is creating Poet Biomass, a new division to handle cob collection and supply chain management, logistics for waste wood and engineered fuels as alternative power sources and seeking out additional feedstocks for future cellulosic ethanol production. Read more »

 

The Vision Iowa Board Wednesday awarded more than $6.3 million in grants to seven projects around the state. $1.6 million award will benefit an addition to the Raccoon River Valley Trail through west-central Iowa Read more »

 

Titan Machinery Inc. announced that David Meyer, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2009 Award in the distribution category in the Upper Midwest region. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Read more »

 

Riders will depart from Red Oak early July 20, passing through Corning and entering Greenfield from Highway 92 East. They will turn north at the Historical Museum and head east on Iowa Street into town. Participants are expected to arrive in Greenfield in mid-afternoon after a 77.6-mile trek from Red Oak. They will be directed to camping facilities as they arrive. Read more »

 

Midwest Partnership Corporation for Economic Development is sponsoring two public information meetings to discuss the proposed SynGest Inc. BioRefinery project to convert corn cobs into BioAmmonia (anhydrous ammonia). Read more »

 

Regional economic development groups recently evaluated monthly employment numbers released by Iowa Workforce Development. The most recent numbers released were for April 2009. Read more »

 

When the World Pork Expo holds its 22nd annual session next year, Sam Carney of Adair will preside as president of the sponsoring National Pork Producers Council. Read more »

 

Roger McCarty is the founder of Brokers International Ltd., the primary patron of the regional airport in Guthrie County. He said his company uses the airport so often that it paid to build its own hangar there, to store two of the four planes it keeps on site. Brokers International employs three full-time pilots. Read more »

 

Hughes Clothing located in Guthrie Center, Iowa, is a men's and women's clothing, and shoe store. Read more »

 

230 County residents participated in the Guthrie County Tourism Council's on-line survey conducted last month as part of the "Creating Value Added Communities" (CVAC) process funded by the Northwest Area Foundation. Read more »

 

Southern Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG) is proud to announce and welcome Nicholas Schieffer as the Community Recovery Coordinating Planner. Read more »

 

Guy Powell, past president of the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation, died recently. Guy will be remembered by Midwest Partnership for his ardent passion for area economic development. He was a strong believer in the region’s potential. Guy will be missed and his family is in our prayers. Read more »

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