STEM Day at the Iowa State Fair on August 21st

Ignite a passion for learning! Come out and celebrate STEM at the Iowa State Fair. For the price of last-day admission, meet STEM professionals, participate in hands-on activities and learn what Iowa STEM can do for you!

Click HERE for more info!

Or contact Dr. Sarah Derry, SC STEM Hub Manager
Call: 515-271-2403 or Email:


STEM BEST RFPs Due September 23

The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council invites school+business partnerships across Iowa to submit their proposal to establish a STEM BEST model.


All Iowa private and public schools and school districts serving students in any of grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Each of the six awarded applicants will receive $25,000 each to be matched with local cost-share and will be designated as an Iowa STEM BEST model. The application window will close on Friday, September 23, 2016.

To learn more about Iowa STEM BEST, please click HERE.


Alliant to add $1 billion in wind energy

Business Record: BY PERRY BEEMAN | Senior Staff Writer | @PerrybeemanBR

Alliant Energy’s plan to add up to 500 megawatts of wind energy is a large play that will help keep Iowa’s electricity rates low, a key authority on clean energy said.

“Wind energy is now the lowest-cost source of new generation,” Nathaniel Baer, who follows energy issue for the Iowa Environmental Council, said in an interview. “That helps keep things stable and keeps rates low.”

“With both major utilities pursuing significant new wind generation, we have diverse wind energy that supports 6,000 jobs and 75 businesses in the supply chain,” Baer added.

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Legends in Manufacturing Award Nominations Due Sunday

Time is running out to nominate iconic manufacturers for the prestigious Legends in Manufacturing Awards through the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. The deadline to make your nominations is Sunday, July 31. These awards recognize key leaders and champions of this important industry. Award winners will be recognized at a dinner on Oct. 3 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center in Altoona.

The awards will recognize five outstanding leaders in manufacturing, including individuals who have served as key leaders within a company and individuals or organizations not directly engaged in manufacturing but who support the industry as a whole. Click here to learn more and submit an application. Mark your calendars now to attend the Legends in Manufacturing Awards Dinner on Oct. 3 and the Advanced Manufacturing Conference on Oct. 4.

Emily Abbas named STEM MVP

Business Record Daily July 26, 2016:

Emily Abbas, chief of staff and chief marketing officer for Bankers Trust, has been named this month’s MVP for Iowa STEM by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council for her volunteer activities in support of instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She previously had worked on public relations efforts for STEM efforts as part of her work at a marketing firm. Gov. Terry Branstad appointed Abbas to the state STEM Council in August 2014. Her work has included support of STEM in the Arts and STEM Summit planning. Read a full profile.

New laws take effect on July 1

From Association of Business and Industry

Friday is July 1 – the beginning of the state’s fiscal year and also the date when many laws passed during the 2016 legislative session will take effect. Most notably, Iowa manufacturers can now take advantage of a sales and use tax exemption for supplies consumed during the manufacturing process. HF 2433 passed in March and included language to clarify the law related to Iowa’s sales tax exemptions for manufacturers. ABI put together a frequently asked questions document about the legislation you can access here. The Iowa Department of Revenue has also put together helpful information, which is available here.

Click here to read about other laws affecting Iowa businesses.



Pleasant Hill STEM teacher named to national FFA board

Matthew Eddy, a teacher at Southeast Polk Community Schools, recently was named to the National FFA board of directors. Eddy is a CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) Certified Master Teacher and holds certification in agriculture, food and natural resources, animal science, plant science and biotechnology. He authored the governor’s STEM Scale-Up Program grants, securing more than $2.5 million for Iowa agriculture programs to participate in adopting the CASE model since 2012. The Southeast Polk FFA chapter is one of Iowa’s largest and each year hosts the Animal Learning Center at the Iowa State Fair.

SBDC state, regional offices move under one roof at ISU Research Park

From the Business Record Daily 6/30/16

America’s Small Business Development Center has moved its state office and ISU regional office to Iowa State University’s new Economic Development Core Facility at the ISU Research Park. The two offices are now at 1805 Collaboration Place, allowing for increased collaboration and effectiveness, the agency said in a release. “This move will allow us to pivot more quickly to the needs of entrepreneurs by increasing our access to partner resources,” said Lisa Shimkat, state director.   To read a Business Record article about the ISU Research Park expansion, click here.

Additive manufacturing center to hold open house

From Business Record Daily 6/28/16:

The Additive Manufacturing and Design Center, the most technologically advanced 3-D printing and design center in the United States, will hold an open house on June 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the TechWorks Campus in Waterloo. The center is a collaboration of the University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center and Hawkeye Community College. The location focuses on additive manufacturing and is home to the Ex-One S-Max, the largest 3-D printer of its type in North America. “Our goal is to make the design center at the UNI Metal Casting Center the go-to place in Iowa, if not the Midwest, to expand additive manufacturing training of this kind,” said Randy Pilkington, director of the UNI Business and Community Services said. Click here for more information.

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Dream Big, THINK BIGGER conference for Iowa Entrepreneurial Women


The Iowa Innovation Corporation is sponsoring a series of one-day conferences, one in Iowa City and two in Ames. If you own a business, or have always dreamed of starting one, this is for you. They have added several new workshops and panels, covering the gamut. Just dreaming? There’s something for you. Need legal advice? There’s something for you. Financial advice? Yep.

Attend one day. Attend all three. It’s an investment in yourself. 

Check out this agenda! August 15 in Iowa City and August 16-17 in Ames.


Click here for More Information