Iowa #Swagger

By Audrey Regan, Communications Intern I am embarrassed to say I used to shy down when someone asked me if I was from that “corn state.” It was not until I learned more about the agriculture industry, and lost my “cool card” I was hanging on to, that I proudly affirmed. Jay Byers, CEO of […]


New Business Accelerator To Boost New Agriculture Technology Companies

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad (515) 286-4919 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 NEW BUSINESS ACCELERATOR TO BOOST NEW AGRICULTURE TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES Accelerator will spur growth in Central Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem by focusing on companies in key industry of agriculture GREATER DES MOINES, IA — Four investors have signed on to support a new […]


Innovation is key to addressing agriculture challenges

Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett is out with an op-ed in Wallace’s Farmer. In the piece he talks about extraordinary challenges we face with our growing population and the need to increase global food production in the midst of tough times being faced by America’s farmers and agricultural companies. Diminishing inventory of arable production land, […]

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Blog by Willett – Free Trade as Straw Man

The following was written by Brent Willett, executive director of the Cultivation Corridor, and featured in the Business Record’s Business Professionals’ Blogs. Read the original article at It’s fashionable this election season to be anti-trade.  That’s not just naive. That’s dangerous. In a politico-cultural soup of an election season with an otherwise yawning lack of substance, a raging […]


Kent Pet Group to Expand World’s Best Cat Litter™ Production in Muscatine

The following press release was distributed on August 25 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For More Information: Janet Sichterman 563-264-4390 Kent Pet Group 2905 Hwy 61 North Muscatine, IA 52761 877-367-9225 KENT PET GROUP TO EXPAND WORLD’S BEST CAT LITTER™ PRODUCTION IN MUSCATINE  Muscatine, Iowa – Kent Corporation’s subsidiary Kent Pet Group announced today a major expansion […]

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Byers featured in Des Moines Storytellers Project

Founding Cultivation Corridor board member and Greater Des Moines Partnership CEO Jay Byers, tells his life story as part of the Des Moines Storytellers Project at the Iowa State Fair. Byers gets personal by telling his own “Iowa Pride” story and leads a charge asking other Iowans to show their pride in our strong agricultural base. […]


New Video on Bioplastics in Iowa

Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett is featured in “Pushing the Boundries of Bioplastics in Iowa,” a video highlighting Iowa’s competitiveness in the bioplastics and biocomposites fields. Speakers also include Director of Iowa Economic Development Authority, Debi Durham and Vice President for Economic Development and Business Engagement at Iowa State University, Mike Crum. To view video, […]


Brent Willett Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

The following press release was distributed on August 22, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Julie Lelonek, Cultivation Corridor 515-294-1562, BRENT WILLETT AWARDED RECERTIFICATION IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DESIGNATION AMES, Iowa – Brent Willett, CEcD, Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor, has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective January 1, 2017 […]

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Willett highlights importance of R&D tax incentives

Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett, was featured in the Des Moines Register on a topic perhaps not well communicated by economic developers – that public financial inducements are designed to get a good deal done. Willett addresses head-on the misconception that corporate incentives burden the Iowa taxpayer’s pocket — he leads with a summary of the […]

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Blog by Willett – The World is on Fire. What’s a Board to Do?

The following was written by Brent Willett, executive director of the Cultivation Corridor, and featured in the Business Record’s Business Professionals’ Blogs. Read the original article at The roiling world economy is shaking up traditional ED board roles As the long grind out of the economic malaise of 2008 continues for countries, regions and communities around the world, economic development […]