Alliant Energy to advance wind project in Iowa

Alliant Energy is the parent company of two public utility companies--Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) and Wisconsin Power and Light Company (WPL)--and of Alliant Energy Resources, Inc. (AER), the parent company of Alliant Energy's non-regulated operations.

Customers and communities to benefit from low-cost, renewable energy

NEWS PROVIDED BY Alliant Energy Corporation  Oct 27, 2016, 16:30 ET

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility is moving forward with its New Wind Project, which will bring up to 500 megawatts of new wind generation to Iowa. That’s enough to power 215,000 homes.

Alliant Energy is currently working with landowners in Franklin County near its existing Whispering Willow Wind Farm, as well as exploring opportunities to develop in other areas of the state. Construction could start as soon as next year. Alliant Energy expects to place 250 megawatts in service in 2019 and the rest in 2020.

“The New Wind Project will benefit our customers, our communities and the state,” said Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowautility. “The wind turbines will generate clean, cost-effective energy for customers. They also create tax revenue for communities, and bring construction jobs and economic growth to the state, making this a win-win project.”

On October 25, the Iowa Utilities Board issued a final order regarding the New Wind Project. The order approves, with limited modifications, the settlement between Alliant Energy and customer groups, which was filed on October 12, 2016.

The New Wind Project will help the company economically meet its customers’ energy need, by maximizing the value of renewable energy tax credits and taking advantage of favorable wind turbine pricing.

“We want to thank our community partners in Franklin County. We also want to thank the Iowa Utilities Board for its work and the organizations that came together to advance this application toward approval. They include the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Iowa Business Energy Coalition, the Large Energy Group, the Iowa Environmental Council and the Environmental Law and Policy Center,” said Kopp. “Through our work together, we are helping to advance clean energy while providing low-cost, reliable energy solutions to our customers.”

More information is available at alliantenergy.com/whisperingwillow.

 

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson – From Beaconsfield, IA – Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch


NEWS PROVIDED BY NASA Oct 20, 2016, 14:43 ET

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agency’s website.

Whitson, who considers Beaconsfield, Iowa, her hometown, is in Russia for final preparations prior to her launch on Nov. 15, U.S. time. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30 a.m. by 30 minutes of video clips highlighting her training.

To schedule an interview, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or karen.a.svetaka@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. onTuesday, Oct. 25. Media participating in the live shots must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1pOWUhR

Whitson will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space.

Whitson and her crewmates also will perform some 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. Among the experiments is Lighting Effects, which will investigate the impact of a new solid-state, light-emitting diode (LED) system on the crew’s circadian rhythms, sleep and cognitive performance. The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) experiment is scheduled to arrive at the station during the crew’s stay and will examine the physics, nature and dynamics of neutron stars.

Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Follow Whitson on social media at:

http://twitter.com/astropeggy

http://astropeggy.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

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Chartis Names Workiva a Leader in FinTech Quadrant™ for Data Integrity and Control Workiva Platform Wdesk Recognized for its Ability to Handle Data Relationships

AMES, Iowa, Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Workiva (NYSE: WK), a leading provider of enterprise cloud solutions for improving productivity, accountability and insight in business data, today announced that Chartis has named Workiva a leader in its 2016 FinTech Quadrant™ for Data Integrity and Control.

Regulatory pressures and growing data volumes in the financial services sector are driving demand for higher-quality data and better analytical processes, according to Chartis. For these reasons, the London-based analyst firm now defines “data integrity and control” as its own category of technology solutions.

Chartis’ category leaders have “demonstrated depth and breadth of functionality and technology, along with a clear strategy for sustainable profitable growth, matched with best-in-class solutions.”

“We place data integrity and control at the forefront of our innovation because our customers need to trust their data from beginning to end,” said Matt Rizai, Chairman and CEO of Workiva, which provides the Wdesk platform.

“The Wdesk platform controls and monitors business data with a single source,” writes Chartis Research.  “The platform is designed to enable enterprises to handle data relationships that are organic and constantly in flux.”

Chartis describes Wdesk as “a cloud platform with capabilities to create and combine text in documents, workbooks, presentations, dashboards, and charts in one environment. Wdesk provides a central platform for users to store and sync data from ERP, consolidations, and financial planning and analytics, as well as non-financial systems. It allows reporting teams to transform that data into financial, management, and performance reports as well as regulatory disclosures.”

Chartis analyzed 22 companies on 19 criteria, including governance, discovery, controls, audit, workflow, integration support, data insight, adaptability, customer satisfaction, market penetration, growth strategy, business model, multi-sector, and enterprise readiness.

The Chartis Data Integrity and Control Solutions in Financial Services 2016 report is available on the Workiva website atworkiva.com/chartis

About Chartis

Chartis is the leading provider of research and analysis on the global market for risk technology and is part of Incisive Media which has market leading brands such as Risk and Waters Technology. Chartis’ goal is to support enterprises as they drive business performance through better risk management, corporate governance and compliance and to help clients make informed technology and business decisions by providing in-depth analysis and actionable advice on virtually all aspects of risk technology.

About Workiva 

Workiva (NYSE: WK) created Wdesk, a cloud-based productivity platform for enterprises to collect, link, report and analyze business data with control and accountability. Thousands of organizations, including over 65 percent of the Fortune 500®, use Wdesk. The platform’s proprietary word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications are integrated and built upon a data management engine, offering synchronized data, controlled collaboration, granular permissions and a full audit trail. Wdesk helps mitigate enterprise risk, improve productivity and give users confidence to make decisions with real-time data. Workiva employs more than 1,200 people with offices in 16 cities. The company is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. For more information, visit workiva.com.

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Contact:
Kevin McCarthy
Workiva Inc.
(515) 663-4471
press@workiva.com

Form D Worth Mentioning: Charrette Venture Group $500000 Fundraising. Todd L Reding Submitted Oct 13 SEC Filing

From Frisco Fastball – Oct 14th

Charrette Venture Group Financing

Charrette Venture Group, Llc, Limited Liability Company just submitted form D regarding $500,000 debt financing. This is a new filing. Charrette Venture Group was able to finance itself with $10,000 so far. That is 2.00% of the financing round. The total offering amount was $500,000. The offering form was filed on 2016-10-13. The reason for the financing was: unspecified. The fundraising still has about $490,000 more and is not closed yet. We have to wait more to see if the offering will be fully taken.

…….Link to Charrette Venture Group Filing: 000168756316000001.

More info can be found at http://www.friscofastball.com

 

Leath: Partnerships key to solving food challenges

From the Iowa State University News Service

President Steven Leath

President Steven Leath joined other higher education leaders at the World Food Prize events to emphasize the role of public-private partnerships in addressing food insecurity.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa State University President Steven Leath told an international audience this week the key to significant research advancements in world food supply, food security and environmental stewardship is commitment to public-private partnerships.

Leath said a strong, unified effort involving public and private universities, public agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and private companies is necessary to address the daunting problems of hunger, nutrition and world food supply.

He and four other panelists representing public higher education spoke Oct. 14 as part of the week-longWorld Food Prize events. Appearing with Leath were Gebisa Ejeta, a 2009 World Food Prize Laureate from Purdue University; Louise Fresco, president and chairman of Wageningen University; Peter McPherson, president, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and Randy Woodson, chancellor, North Carolina State University.

“No one person, discipline, university or agency can alone address all of our major agricultural challenges,” Leath said, “We need to leverage each other’s talents and expertise.”

He cited as examples Iowa State’s role in the central Iowa Cultivation Corridor, a public-private partnership to spur discovery and growth in agricultural biosciences, biotechnology and related fields. He also cited partnerships within Iowa State, including an interdisciplinary research initiative he launched nearly five years ago.

Strong partnerships also are necessary to secure the level of federal research funding necessary to address major agricultural challenges. As he has noted in the past, Leath said medical research investment is $13 for every $1 devoted to agriculture.

Leath is a member of the World Food Prize Council of Advisors, and on Oct. 10 hosted the 2016 World Food Prize Laureates at the Iowa State Memorial Union.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman Borlaug establishing the World Food Prize. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The World Food Prize is headquartered in Des Moines and headed by Ambassador Kenneth Quinn.

 

Chinese Biotech Firm Opens Iowa Office

Origin ArtiTech is a Chinese germplasm and biotechnology-focused crop seed provider that has established a North American headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa.

This move represents a key step in a series of strategic actions to position Origin as a leading global foundation biotech and seed development company. Over the past six months, the company has also expanded partnerships on biotech traits globally and established a new leadership team.

Origin’s CEO Bill Niebur, CFO Shashank Aurora and team members will office at the Des Moines location.

Key biotech and seed breeding operations will continue to be based in China, including the plant breeding and biotech research and development center, the Xinjiang Originbo seed company and the critical off-season winter nursery in Hainan. Chief Technology Officer Jihong Liang will oversee operations in China from Beijing.

Apply Today: DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year Award

Submit your application for the Business Record’s third annual DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA LEADER of the Year award. Past recipients include Harrisvaccines, Inc. and NewLink Genetics. The award recognizes an individual or organization for their originality, leadership, and impact on their company, state and local economy, and/or the general public through innovative concepts, processes, and/or products. Submit your application by emailing JasonSwanson@bpcdm.com 

Judging is based on the following:

  1. Originality of the innovation(s):  Is this a completely new concept/idea/process or the re-imagining of an existing one? Was it developed independently or in cooperation with others?
  2. Impact of the innovation(s):  Did this innovation meet an unmet need? How has it affected a specific industry and/or the public at large? If internal, what impact has it had on the processes and efficiencies of your organization?
  3. Commercial impact of the innovation(s):  Has the innovation gone to market? What financial evidence or market acceptance information does the innovation have to support new value for the end user? What is the quantifiable evidence of success?
  4. Culture of innovation:  Does the individual or company promote an atmosphere conducive to innovation? Have they consistently been a leader in their field when it comes to innovation?

The winner will be announced at the fourth annual innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business on April 5th, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00pm at the Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames. There is NO RSVP is required and no charge to attend. Light food and coolants are provided. Don’t miss this incredible networking event where statewide key stakeholders mix and mingle. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information email KatherineHarrington@bpcdm.com or call her cell at 515-689-4447. 

2017 innovationIOWA Magazine Sponsors:

Presenting: Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations and the College of Business

Co-Sponsors: Danfoss, Zarley Law

Chapter Sponsors: John Deere, Kemin, Eurofins, Alliant Energy, Kent Corporation

2016 Launch Party Leaders In Attendance Included:
Kirk Bjorland
Iowa Innovation Corporation

Matt Busick
River Glen Private Capital

Jay Byers
Greater Des Moines Partnership

Michael Crum
Iowa State University

Dan Culhane
Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Debi Durham
Iowa Economic Development Authority

Katherine Harrington
Business Record

Joe Hrdlicka
Iowa Biotech Association

Craig Ibsen
NextLevel Ventures

Kathryn Kunert
MidAmerican Energy

Steven Leath
Iowa State University

Anthony Paustian
DMACC

Mark Petri
Iowa Energy Center

Bob Riley
Feed Energy

Paul Schickler
DuPont Pioneer

David Spalding
Iowa State University

Steve Sukup
Sukup Manufacturing

Brian Waller
Technology Association of Iowa

Jeff Weld
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

Brent Willett
Cultivation Corridor

Tim Zarley
Zarley Law

Doug Hundt
Vermeer

Matt Rizai
Workiva

… and many more!

IowaBio Legal Symposium Nov 10 & Nov 17

Iowa Biotech Association (IowaBio) invites you and your colleagues to attend the next Legal Symposium focused on Regulatory, IP, & Tas issues faced by biotech companies today.  This event will be held twice at two separate locations across the state for your convenience.

November 10, 2016 

Drake University Law School 2621 Carpenter Ave. Des Moines, IA 50311

November 17, 2016 

State Hygenic Laboratory 2490 Crosspark Rd. Coralville, IA 52241

Agenda:

8:30 – 11:15 – Morning Presentations

12:05 – Lunch

12:45 – 3:20 – Afternoon Presentations

Topics

Navigating Trade Secrets, Licensing is a Team Sport, Iowa Tax Credit and Incentive Programs for Biotech Companies, Legal Implications On the Internet of Things and Big Data Strategies, GMO Labeling Compliance In A Post-Vermont World, Alternative Approaches for Protecting Intellectual Property, How has the America Act Invents Act Changed Patent Policy

Both event dates have been approved for 5.75 credit hours of CLE and will feature several of IowaBio’s member law firms who are top experts in the field. To attend this event, please visit www.iowabio.org/legalsymposium and register one week prior to the event date.  If you have any immediate questions, please contact us atinfo@iowabio.org or 515-327-9156.

ISU StartUp Factory companies hit $2M milestone

From The Business Record Daily PM Oct 14, 2017
Credit – Haila Architecture
Just 16 weeks into its 52-week program, the inaugural class at the ISU StartUp Factory has collectively raised $2 million in private capital, twice the $1 million goal set by the program for its startups to raise by the end of the yearlong program.
ISU President Steven Leath made the announcement during a grand opening reception held Thursday at the new Vermeer Applied Technology Hub, which is located at the ISU Research Park in Ames.
Read the entire story at http://www.BusinessRecord.com