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Brent Willett Receives 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

Jacksonville, FL –  The Cultivation Corridor’s Brent Willett has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession. An independent six-member selection committee evaluated and chose the winners from more than 150 finalists based on their […]


Sukup Manufacturing Co. wins 2 AE50 Awards

The following press release was posted January 23. SHEFFIELD, Iowa – Two new products from Sukup Manufacturing Co. have been honored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) as among the 50 outstanding innovations of 2016. The award-winning products are the Mixed-Flow Grain Dryer and the Zero-Entry Commercial Paddle Sweep. The Mixed-Flow […]


Letter: Iowa is positioned to lead in next biorevolution

Audrey Regan, Iowa State Senior in public relations and intern at Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor was featured in an op-ed in the Iowa State Daily. Posted Jan. 23 After the passing of the Iowa Renewable Chemicals Production Tax Credit program, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to increase biofuel volumes in its 2017 renewable fuel standards, […]

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Corridor Board Member Dan Culhane Named One Of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers

North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers are Back In A New Way: Consultant Connect Announces Leaders In The Industry This press release was distributed on January 24. Contact: Carla Winchester Managing Partner, Consultant Connect (269) 207-4982 carla@consultantconnect.org Kalamazoo, Michigan – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site […]

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Cultivation Corridor, IowaBio to announce Biotech Leadership Award, honor Ted Crosbie

The following press release was distributed on January 23 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joe Hrdlicka (515) 327-9156-office (515) 250-9798-mobile joe@iowabio.org DES MOINES — Jan. 23rd, 2017 – Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka and Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Brent Willett announced they are collaborating to name a Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award […]


CIRAS wins MEP contract renewal: Iowa manufacturers to benefit from services

Posted on January 13 AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) was awarded a five-year renewal in a state-wide competition as Iowa’s affiliate of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturers Extension Partnership (MEP). MEP is a nationwide network of centers located in all 50 states and Puerto […]

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Three Cultivation Corridor board members make top 25 influential leaders list

The Des Moines Business Record recently announced the top 25 influential leaders that appears in this year’s 2017 Book of Lists. Making the list are Jay Byers, CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership; Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority; and Dr. Steve Zumbach, Attorney, Belin McCormick, who also serve on the Cultivation Corridor’s board. “The Corridor is […]

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Ames Lab part of effort to boost energy productivity and efficiency

In a January 5 news release, the Ames Laboratory announced they will be one of nine labs to be part of the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institute’s efforts. RAPID will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to boost domestic energy productivity and energy efficiency by 20 percent in five years through manufacturing processes in […]


USDA Announces $2.9 Million Available for Biorefinery Research

In a January 6 news release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.9 million in funding for research to improve biorefinery technologies. The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization program is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office. […]

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The Corridor’s Best of 2016: A Leap for Iowa 

1.) The Cultivation Corridor and Iowa Biotech Association worked together to release Bio-Based Chemicals: The Iowa Opportunity report arguing how statewide economic development tax incentives could put Iowa on the forefront of the biorenewable chemical industry.  Among the report’s findings: First generation biofuels have been important economic drivers for the state of Iowa. Ethanol production alone in Iowa accounts for […]