#innovationIOWA Initiative to Add Broadband to 90,000 Homes

Initiative to add broadband to 90,000 homes
A multi-company initiative backed by $53.2 million a year in FCC grants will expand broadband service to 90,000 Iowa homes, Gov. Terry Branstad announced Monday.
“In Iowa, technology and access to broadband Internet is the great equalizer for our rural communities,” Branstad said in a statement. “We have put a focus on broadband Internet expansion because if our small businesses are to compete in a global economy, our schools are to have access to an abundance of online learning resources and our farmers are to connect their modern equipment for precision farming, we must connect every acre with broadband infrastructure.”
Expanding broadband service has been a top goal for a number of Iowa business associations, but efforts to create a state system to encourage the expansion have moved sluggishly in the Iowa Legislature.
Plans call for these four companies to build the expanded service over multiple years and to receive the following amounts annually:
  • CenturyLink, $17.9 million to add service at 34,827 locations.
  • Windstream, $28.7 million, 44,930 locations.
  • Frontier, $4.2 million, 5,438 locations.
  • Consolidated Communications, $2.4 million, 3,019 locations.
See a map of the areas to be served and get information on the subsidies offered to the companies.

#innovationIOWA Apply for the 2015 Celebrate Business Awards

From the Greater Des Moines Partnership: Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 2

Do you believe your organization is a community champion, innovative, a best kept secret, a workplace celebrating life long learning or the best workplace for young professionals? Apply today for the Celebrate Business Awards! The Celebrate Business Awards promote the development of the Greater Des Moines business community by publicly acknowledging unique and enduring business initiatives. The Business Record is a partner in presenting these awards. Apply online or download a printable version at www.desmoinesmetro.com/events.

#innovationIOWA Biosecurity concerns keep students off ISU farm

Animal Science students at Iowa State University are getting a real life lesson in modern agribusiness, but they won’t learn it on ISU’s poultry teaching and research farm. The Associated Press reports via FoxBusiness that ISU professors will rely on videos to teach the students about poultry nutrition, reproduction, anatomy and physiology for the six classes per year normally taught on the farm, where traffic is being minimized for avian flu fears.

#innovationIOWA Technology Association of Iowa to award two scholarships

Nominations are currently open for two $2,500 scholarships to be given by the Technology Association of Iowa to the 2015 winners of the Youth Innovation and Leadership and the Collegian Innovation and Leadership awards. Nominations are open through Sept. 14 to women in 10 categories, two of which are designed for females at the middle/high school and collegiate levels. Criteria for both awards focus on academic achievement, leadership, creativity and innovation. The scholarships will be presented on Nov. 12 at the 2015 Des Moines Area Community College Iowa Women of Innovation awards celebration at the Iowa Events Center. More information can be found online.

#innovationIOWA Igniting Innovation: Creating a Culture of Opportunity

From the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Special Event on September 21, 2015: Don’t let “every day” work keep your organization from flourishing. Challenge and help your organization grow and prosper long-term by tapping into your team’s collective wisdom, energy and enthusiasm and embracing a culture of innovation. A common myth is that innovations are created by lone wolfs who have “Eureka” moments. The truth is that innovation is actually a social process…and good ideas only become great when they are nurtured in supportive environments. Join us for this engaging session to learn different methods to encourage your nonprofit team to help generate innovative ideas as well as gain insight on how to create a culture that supports idea generation. Learn more and register.

#innovationIOWA CenturyLink accepts $3 billion in FCC funds to expand rural broadband

CenturyLink Inc. announced today that it will bring high-speed Internet services to approximately 1.2 million rural households and businesses in 33 states, including Iowa. The company has accepted approximately $500 million a year for six years from the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund. The funding will enable CenturyLink to bring Internet service with speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to locations in FCC-designated, high-cost census blocks. Read more at: http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/Default/-All-Latest-News/Article/CenturyLink-accepts-3-billion-in-FCC-funds-to-expand-rural-broadband/-3/248/69992

#innovationIOWA IEDA Approves Funding for Three Startups 

The Board of Directors of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has approved funding for the following three startups in Iowa, based on the recommendation of the Technology Commercialization Committee (TCC).

Priority 5, Ames, provides situational awareness to operational personnel. The company developed the platform that would become the Touch Assisted Command and Control System (TACCS™), the first software to represent all elements of true situational awareness.  The board awarded Priority 5 a $250,000 loan from the Innovation Acceleration Fund for market planning and entry activities and key personnel.

Inland Sea LLC, Ames, a joint venture between Heartland Global and Global Aquaponic Foods. The company is planning to build state-of-the-art recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) facilities for salmon production. The company was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR) Fund for expenses in conjunction with validation of market channels for salmon from the Iowa production facility.

Sioux Natural, Sioux City, a food technology company that has developed an intellectual property platform for a number of naturally derived, plant-based zero-calorie sugar substitute products. The company has received inquiries from potential customers and distributors both nationally and internationally and is seeking to move from the product development stage to full commercialization. The company was awarded a $25,000 grant through the Proof of Commercial Relevance (POCR) Fund for business model canvas activities.

Learn more at www.iicorp.com and www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com

#innovationIOWA GDMLI announces Community Leadership Program participants


Tuesday, August 25, 2015 10:50 AM

Fifty individuals will participate in this year’s Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program. Each participant was nominated by a program alumnus. The participants represent private, public and nonprofit sectors within the community. Class members will spend the next nine months engaged in a curriculum that offers a view of Greater Des Moines from divergent vantage points, heightening their awareness of current conditions and challenges, enhancing individual and group leadership skills, and helping members of the class see themselves as partners for change.

The class of 2016 includes:

Jeff Ackley, Berkley Technology Services

Greg Baker, MetaBank

Amy Baker, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Sarah Barthole, Principal Financial Group

Ann Baughman, Iowa Prison Industries (State of Iowa)

Kristina Brown, Wells Fargo & Co.

Mark Brown, Central Bank

Steve Carlson, Wells Fargo

Jaci Dammeier, McGladrey LLP

Tracy Duran, Des Moines Art Center

Ben Fee, Dorsey & Whitney

Joe Feldmann, OPN Architects

Brianne Fitzgerald, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa

Adam Flack, Iowa Events Center

Brandon Foldes, Bluestone Project Solutions

Mollie Giller, Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines

Marina Grabchuk, Davis Brown Law Firm

Jeremy Hamp, Mercer

Marcela Hermosillo-Tarin, Iowa College Student Aid Commission

Scott Hoekman, Next Level Ventures

David Hofmann, Shive-Hattery Architecture Engineering

Kyle Horn, America’s Job Honor Awards

Tonia Householder, INVISION Architecture

Sadie Howar, Fresh Image

Beth Jaeger. Hubbell Realty Co.

Sid Juwarker, Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Natalie Koerber, State Public Policy Group

Dylan Lampe, Sammons Financial Group

Jannae Lane, Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amy Lego, Downtown Community Alliance

Lara Liss, UnityPoint Health

Jenny Livingston, R&R Realty/Management Professionals, Inc.

Amelia Lobo, Iowa Center for Economic Success

Josh Mandelbaum, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Krable Mentzer, Easter Seals Iowa

Corey Morrison, On With Life

Brand Newland, OutcomesMTM

Rachel Pfundstein, Holmes Murphy & Associates

Emily Pontius, Fredrikson & Byron

Jeff Rayburn, Wells Fargo

Kelsy Sinnwell, Visionary

Brett Smith, Wells Fargo

Christopher Stafford, NAI Optimum

Dave Stone, Bravo Greater Des Moines

Catherine Swoboda, The World Food Prize Foundation

Manny Toribio, City of Prairie City

Natalie Umsted, City of Newton

Hanna Wolle, The Principal Financial Group

Geoff Wood, Gravitate

Kwasi Yeboah, Principal

To learn more about each participant, visit www.gdmli.com/Classof2016.

Read more: http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/HR-Education/HR-Education/Article/GDMLI-announces-Community-Leadership-Program-participants/165/799/69944#ixzz3jrDxIcvd