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!

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.

Read the ENTIRE story at: http://www.BusinessRecord.com

 

You are invited: innovationIOWA Magazine Launch Party April 5th

Join the Business Record at the innovationIOWA MAGAZINE LAUNCH PARTY 2016: The Ultimate Gathering of Iowa Visionaires & Leaders of the New Economy

*Presented by: Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations

*Learn who the DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award Winner is!

When: April 5th, 2016
Where: Workiva 2900 University Blvd, Ames IA / Iowa State University Research Park
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm / Comments at 6:00pm
Details: Enjoy light food and beverages
RSVP: Is not required

Join Local Leaders:
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
Debi Durham – Iowa Economic Development Authority
Katherine Harrington – Business Record
Joe Hrdlicka – Iowa Biotechnology Association
Doug Hundt – Vermeer
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
Matt Rizai – Workiva
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…and more!

“We are proud to be the presenter of the innovationLEADER of the Year Award. DuPont Pioneer has a stake in helping to solve some of our most important challenges, such as ensuring food and energy security in an environment of resource scarcity. We are using our global science and worldwide network to develop innovative local solutions for the world’s farmers.” Paul Schickler –President DuPont Pioneer

“Innovation begins at Iowa State University. Please join us at the launch party!” David Spalding – Raisbeck Endowed Dean Iowa State University College of Business

“I’m so looking forward to this event and connecting with Iowa’s innovation leaders.” Dr. Anthony Paustian – Provost West Des Moines Campus DMACC

“This will be one of the best networking events focused on Innovation this year. I would not miss it!” Craig Ibsen – Managing Principal NextLevel Ventures

“As a global hub for cutting-edge technology, STEM research and agbioscience, Greater Des Moines and the Cultivation Corridor have much innovation to celebrate. Join us April 5th! Jay Byers – CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

“I really appreciate this being high-profile event where we celebrate Iowa innovation – and we don’t do enough of that. Thank you to the Business Record!” Joe Hrdlicka – Executive Director, Iowa Biotechnology Association

“We are proud to be part of this key event bringing regional leaders together in Ames, the northern anchor of Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor.” Dan Culhane – President & CEO Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development

Find out more at: http://www.BusinessRecord.com/innovationIOWA

 

DuPont to retain 500 jobs and spend $500,000 in return for $17.2 million in aid

BY PERRY BEEMAN | Senior Staff Writer | @PerrybeemanBR www.BusinessRecord.com

DuPont agreed to retain between 250 and 500 jobs at the DuPont Pioneer complex in Johnston and to spend at least $500,000 on capital improvements in return for $17.2 million in aid from state and local governments.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board on Friday approved a $2 million forgivable loan and $14 million in supplemental research activities tax credits. The package also includes a $238,000 forgivable loan from Polk County and a $1 million tax break from Johnston.

The aid comes as DuPont pursues a merger with Dow Chemical Co. The firm announced Friday that DowDuPont’s agriculture company would be based in Wilmington, Del. Iowa officials had lobbied hard and offered undisclosed incentives to bring that development to Johnston. Wilmington is DuPont’s long-time headquarters.

IEDA reported DuPont Pioneer employed 2,634 in Johnston at the end of January. The campus will have to keep 500 of the positions to get the full benefits package. The company agreed to retain at least 250 research and development jobs. The contract covers seven years.

DuPont Pioneer did not promise to create jobs as part of the contract.

The retained jobs must have a wage of at least $22.27 an hour, with that figure hitting $26.72 per hour before the end of the contract.

IEDA reported that because DuPont’s merger with Dow Chemical Co. is still under review, the employment benchmarks will be set again when the two firms establish their planned agriculture company. Those details are expected to be finalized in 2017 or 2018.

DuPont’s application also included plans for $500 million in research and development spending over the seven years.

DuPont Pioneer currently makes up 39.7 percent of taxable commercial valuation and nine percent of overall taxable valuation in Johnston.

To Read More Visit http://www.BusinessRecord.com

Business Record Power Breakfast Series: The Education of Your Workforce

Iowa is recognized as a leader in public education, yet we were just graded a C and ranked 19th in overall quality of education by Education Week. There’s many questions coming from affected stakeholders, including: What if Iowa doesn’t produce enough talented and highly educated future leaders my business will need to be successful? Join the Business Record and education experts, who will help bring clarity to the challenges facing Iowa, talk about possible solutions and offer ways businesses can help produce the top workforce in the nation.

Panelists:

Dave Wilkerson

Superintendent
Waukee Community School District

Mary Bontrager

Executive Vice President
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Mark Jacobs

Founder
Reaching Higher Iowa
Ryan Wise

Director
Iowa Department of Education


Questions:

What are the biggest challenges?

How does funding affect schools both now and into the future?

How does the reputation of our education system impact economic development?

How do we evaluate and measure the performance of our education system?


Wednesday, February 17
Hilton Garden Inn, Urbandale
7 AM Registration & Networking
7:30 – 9 AM Program

Register at: http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/OUR-EVENTS/Power-Breakfast-Series/Article/Power-Breakfast–Health-care-Reform–Are-you-ready-/153/991/54095
Read more: http://www.businessrecord.com/Content/OUR-EVENTS/Power-Breakfast-Series/Article/Power-Breakfast–Health-care-Reform–Are-you-ready-/153/991/54095#ixzz3yT8jwoCk

Event Preview: 2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon

 

BY CHRIS CONETZKEY | Editor Business Record| @ChrisConetzkey

Oil. China. Agricultural prices dropping. Interest rates rising. Yes, the beginning of 2016 is off to a bit of a rocky start, as U.S. markets had their worst initial week of a new year in market history. So what does the future hold here in the United States, in Iowa and for your business? In advance of our Jan. 28 Economic Forecast Luncheon, we wanted to get our panelists’ thoughts on the economy in 2016. I’m excited to moderate this year’s event, and look forward to seeing you all there.

What is the most important thing businesses should know about the economy in 2016?

I remain optimistic about Iowa’s economy for 2016, but I would caution that we’ll not see as much activity as we’ve seen over the past few years. Continue reading Debi Durham’s response >>>

Statewide, Iowa’s economy looks sound. Jobs and population are growing, and there is much new investment. But state averages mask detail. Continue reading Dave Swenson’s response >>>

Date & Time: Thursday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
Register: businessrecord.com/events

Moderator: Chris Conetzkey – Editor, Business Record
Panelists:

Dan Houston – President and CEO, Principal Financial Group Inc.

Debi Durham – Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jim Paulsen – Chief investment strategist, Wells Capital Management 

Dave Swenson – Associate scientist of economics, Iowa State University

More more information visit: http://www.BusinessRecord.com

Waukee business program to get new school

Business Record: BY JOE GARDYASZ | Senior Staff Writer | @JoeGardyasz

A Waukee Community School District program that is embedding high school students with professional firms throughout Greater Des Moines in fields such as architecture, software design, marketing and health care will get a new building next year.

Waukee School Superintendent Dave Wilkerson said the program has created great new opportunities for high school students in Waukee to make the connection between school and the world of work.

The Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) program, now in its second year, provides nearly 250 students with real-world experiences at professional firms such as Shive-Hattery Inc. and LightEdge Solutions Inc. Seven classes, ranging from information management design to exploration of health sciences and medicine, enable students to work on real-world projects and earn community college credit during half-day sessions at the workplaces.

Read more at http://www.BusinessRecord.com

 

STEM working group: Make computer science classes mandatory

BY BUSINESS RECORD STAFF | @BusinessRecord

A working group of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council says that Iowa high schools should make completion of computer science coursework a requirement for graduation.

The recommendation is one of three overall goals of the council’s Computer Science Workgroup for the coming legislative session, the group’s co-facilitator, Mark Gruwell, said in an interview with the Technology Association of Iowa.

“Our overall goal is to expose students as much as we can to computer science, and find a way to create a computer science pathway from pre-K through college so we can get students involved in and train them to go into computer science,” Gruwell said.

The Computer Science workgroup will focus on three areas in the coming year:

  • Phase in a computer science endorsement, which would be required to teach high school computer science courses; optional but strongly encouraged to teach middle school computer science courses; and optional to teach elementary school computer science courses.
  • Ensure that the computer science endorsement may be obtained in a flexible manner while maintaining standards that provide assurance that anyone with the endorsement is competent to teach a computer science course or computer science coursework — such as through coursework, co-teaching and mentorships, competency assessments, recognized training such as Project Lead The Way, or a combination of the foregoing.
  • Require the successful completion of computer science coursework as a requirement of high school graduation.

Gruwell said that requiring a computer science component as a condition of high school graduation, which has grabbed the most attention of the three proposals, is a potential way to solidify the future of Iowa’s technology workforce.

“We’ve agreed that the earlier we can introduce students to what computer science is and educate their parents as well, the better off we are,” he said.

“If a student gets into computer science at a young age and continues on that pathway, he or she is going to be well prepared to take advanced courses at the college level or even go into industry upon completing an associate degree in computer science.”

Read more at http://www.BusinessRecord.com

 

#innovationIOWA Nominations open for DuPont Pioneer innovationLEADER of the Year Award

Nominations are open for the DuPont Pioneer innovationIOWA Leader of the Year Award, to be announced in the 2016 innovationIOWA magazine. The magazine unveiling party will be 5-7 p.m. April 5 at Workiva in the Iowa State University Research Park. The award is designed to recognize an individual or organization for their originality, leadership and impact on their company, state and local economy, or the public through innovative concepts, processes, or products. Make a nomination online. The deadline is noon Nov. 13.