December 8th Deadline for the 4th Annual innovationIOWA Awards

Do you know an individual or a company that is doing incredible work in Iowa’s innovation space? Nominate someone you know for the 4th annual innovationIOWA Awards. Choose from the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER or the Iowa State University Ivy College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR Awards. Visit for more details. #innovationIOWA


2017 innovationIOWA Launch Party and Awards held at the ISU Economic Development Building in Ames, IA

Nominations are now open for the Business Record’s innovationIOWA Awards 2018

The Business Record is pleased to announce the 2018 innovationIOWA Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the fourth annual DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award and the first annual Iowa State University Ivy College of Business innovationENTREPRENEUR Award. Do you know a company or individual doing incredible work in Iowa? Nominate them today at

The deadline for nominations is December 8th, 2017. Awardees will be announced on May 24th at the innovationIOWA Launch Party hosted by Presenting Sponsors DuPont Pioneer at their R & D Headquarters – 7000 NW 62nd Ave, Johnston, IA from 5:00-7:00pm. We hope to see you there!


2017 DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award winner: The Global Insurance Accelerator

innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party April 5th at 5:00-7:00pm

The Business Record Presents: innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party and the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER OF THE YEAR 2017

Presented by Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations & The College of Business

5-7:00pm / DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year announced at 6:00pm

1805 Collaboration Place – Ames, IA / Food & Beverages Provided – RSVP Not Required – Invite Others

Join the Business Record and statewide leaders at the launch party for the 4th annual innovationIOWA Magazine. Network with statewide leaders, hear visionaries reflect on the state’s innovative achievements, meet the next generation of leaders, and more. You will also learn who this year’s DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year will be. The launch party will be held at the new Iowa State University Economic Development Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA.

The innovationIOWA Launch Party draws over 300 leaders from across the state to mix and mingle, hear visionairies reflect on this year’s achievements, meet the next generation of innovators and more. A host committee of over forty of the region’s top business innovators will attend that hail from a variety of industries critical to Iowa.

“Iowa State University and ISU Research Park continue to push innovation and create economic opportunities for Iowans. We look forward to showcasing that as we host the 2017 innovationIOWA event” Michael Crum – Vice President, Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations.

The DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award is the third annual award that honors a leader who exemplifies Iowa innovation and that has created change, transformation, ingenuity and inventiveness through new measures and methods in the state and has helped the advancement of Iowa industry. Past honorees included Harris Vaccines and NewLink Genetics.

DuPont Pioneer is proud to present this award: “As part of Iowa’s powerful innovation engine, DuPont Pioneer uses the science of our labs and the land to maximize productivity and sustainability to meet the needs of the world’s farmers. We are proud to play a role in Iowa’s growing reputation as a technology leader.” Judd O’Connor – Pioneer Vice President – Integrated Operations & Commercial Effectiveness

The innovationIOWA Magazine features in-depth editorial detailing Iowa’s innovative companies critical in our state’s economic growth including Bioscience & Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing, Technology, Energy and STEM. This is the only glossy & digital magazine that highlights the people and companies that are driving the Iowa business economy. 10,000 copies are distributed statewide and a digital version is available online at

For more information contact: Katherine Harrington – InnovationIOWA Magazine Sales Manager/ 515-689-4447

innovationIOWA Magazine 2017 Sponsors:

Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations & the College of Business – Presenting Sponsor

DuPont Pioneer – innovationLEADER of the Year Sponsor

Zarley Law – Supporting Sponsor

Danfoss – Supporting Sponsor

Kent Corporation – Bioscience and Agriculture Chapter Sponsor

John Deere – Advanced Manufacturing Chapter Sponsor

Eurofins – Technology Chapter Sponsor

Kemin – STEM Chapter Sponsor

Alliant Energy – Energy Chapter Sponsor

Cultivation Corridor – Special Section Presenter

Iowa FFA Foundation – Gatefold Presenter


Statewide Launch Party Leader Attendees:

Mufit Akinc

Iowa Energy Center


Matt Busick

River Glen Venture Partners


Jay Byers

Greater Des Moines Partnership


Anne Carter

Alliant Energy


Dan Culhane

Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development


Michael Crum

Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations


Rob Denson



Marv Debner


Tej Dhawan

Mango Seed Investments


Mike Ekiss

Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists


Andy Flynn

Flynn Wright


Rod Foster



Katherine Harrington

Business Record


Craig Hill

Iowa Farm Bureau


Joe Hrdlicka

Iowa Biotech Association


Craig Ibsen

Next Level Ventures


Gage Kent

Kent Corporation


Kathryn Kunert

MidAmerican Energy


Steven Leath

Iowa State University


Sean McMahon

Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance


Sean Murray



Julie Newell



Bill Niebur

Origin Agritech


Judd O’Connor

DuPont Pioneer


Dave Paulsen



Matt Rizzai



Sarah Rajala

Iowa State University College of Engineering


Joshua Remington

Iowa FFA Foundation


Roby Shay

Grinnell Mutual


Steven Sipe

UTC Aerospace Systems


David Spalding

Iowa State University College of Business


Steve Sukup

Sukup Manufacturing


Angela Swanton



John Teeple

John Deere


Tom Toner



Jeff Weld

Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council


Brent Willett

Cultivation Corridor


Tim Zarley

Zarley Law


Shane Zimmerman

Wells Fargo


And many more!



Waukee program among STEM Best honorees

Waukee’s APEX program was among 10 school-business partnerships designated as STEM BEST Partners by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The honored programs help promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in kindergarten through 12th grade and to promote STEM careers. (The “BEST” part stands for Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers.) The programs will share nearly $250,000 in state and private funds through the STEM council. Awardees include Waukee, Davenport Assumption, Boone, Fort Madison and Spencer high schools and the IKM-Manning, Muscatine, Story County consortium, and West Delaware County school districts, along with North Cedar Elementary School in Cedar Falls.

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Renewable Energy Group Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

AMES, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (“REG” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:REGI) today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.

“REG Life Sciences delivered its first commercial product last week, our biomass-based diesel fleet is operating efficiently and profitably and REG Geismar is up and running well with no planned downtime for the remainder of the year. We believe we are positioned for a strong finish to the year.”

Revenues for the quarter were $624.6 million. The Company sold 163.1 million gallons of fuel. Compared to the third quarter of 2015, REG sold 36.0% more gallons of fuel resulting in an increase in revenue of 58.2%. Net income attributable to common stockholders was $22.9 million, compared to a net loss of $15.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $31.6 million. Results for the quarter include risk management gains of $5.9 million, which reflects the change in market value of various hedging instruments used to protect cash margins in the current and future periods. The risk management results were impacted by the increase in energy prices in the last week of September resulting from an announcement by OPEC of a purported reduction in output. Results for the quarter were also affected by reduced operating days at the Company’s Geismar facility, related to local area flooding in August and pulled forward scheduled maintenance from October to September.

Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2015 was $16.9 million. The prior year period Adjusted EBITDA includes $23.3 million of risk management gains, as well as an allocation of the benefit from the retroactive reinstatement of the 2015 Biodiesel Mixture Excise Tax Credit (BTC).

“We achieved solid growth in the third quarter with significant increases in gallons sold, gallons produced, revenue and adjusted EBITDA,” said REG President and CEO Daniel J. Oh. “REG Life Sciences delivered its first commercial product last week, our biomass-based diesel fleet is operating efficiently and profitably and REG Geismar is up and running well with no planned downtime for the remainder of the year. We believe we are positioned for a strong finish to the year.”



Access Expands in U.S. and Latin America

LIVERMORE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rob Alston, CEO of Access, recently announced the company’s five most recent acquisitions, one broadening its reach into Iowa and the other four adding more clients in existing markets. These transactions bring the total number of Access acquisitions to 105 since its founding in 2004.

On June 30, Access entered the Dubuque, Iowa market with the purchase of InfoSafe Records Management, acquired from The Hodge Companies. Only one month later, on August 1, Archive Record Storage, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida added to the local Access branch formed in March 2016. The acquisition of the records management accounts of Crown Worldwide in San Jose, Costa Rica, on September 30, expanded Access’ presence there. Access operates under the name Retrievex in the Latin American countries of Costa Rica and Panama.


The records management accounts of Seattle office furniture supplier, Trefethen and Co., Inc., were acquired on October 4. North Shore Records Management, in Cleveland, was acquisition #105 with the transaction closing on October 17.

“Each of these additions to our company represents important components of our overall strategic plan for steady growth achieved both organically and through acquisition,” Alston stated. “We are excited about the way we have positioned Access in the marketplace, including the very positive way we are perceived by records management company owners as the one they trust most to care for their clients moving forward. That means a lot to me personally. Our vision is to exceed the expectations of our clients, company and community every day. We hope that all of our new clients joining us from these acquisitions will recognize that commitment.”

As the largest privately held records and information management provider in the United States, Access now serves more than 60 major markets across the nation, as well as Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Access is the largest privately held records and information management (RIM) services provider in the world. Access is a trusted partner to clients spanning multiple industries and over 60 U.S. markets and in Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean. Unlike traditional document storage options or technology offerings that only provide a partial solution, Access provides comprehensive solutions with the very best service that advance the way its 27,500 clients manage information.

With a complete suite of services including records storage and document management, data protection, digital access solutions, secure destruction and compliance services, the valuable business services Access provides allow clients to focus on their core businesses while reducing the costs and risks associated with document retention, management and final disposition.

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Industry study: Value of Iowa wind energy outweighs its costs

The wind resource in Iowa is so productive and the cost of wind energy has been falling so precipitously that the value of wind now far exceeds its cost there, according to an industry study released this week.

The analysis, conducted by the American Wind Energy Association at the request of the non-profit Wind Energy Foundation, also claims that doubling the state’s installed wind capacity would lower the cost of power so much that the typical residential customer’s monthly bill would fall, possibly by as much as $10.

Given that Iowa is a national leader in the development of wind energy, the study was intended “to spell out the benefits” of wind energy to consumers in the state, said Michael Goggin, the senior director of research for the American Wind Energy Association and the study’s lead researcher. With about 6,500 megawatts, Iowa ranks second nationwide for the amount of installed wind capacity, and first in terms of the proportion of its electricity derived from wind – about 35 percent at present.

Another 2,500 megawatts are under development, but,“there’s potential to do even more,” Goggin said. “As wind costs come down, I think it looks even more attractive to do more wind.”

A just-published survey of 163 of “the world’s foremost energy experts” seems to confirm that. Asked where they see the cost of wind energy headed, the group indicated that, on average, they expect it to fall by 24 percent by 2030, and by 35 percent by 2050. Some foresee a greater drop; others expect no change.


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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.”

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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 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:

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.

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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

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

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Workiva Inc.
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