Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor

America’s Cultivation Corridor Welcomes the World Food Prize

By Billi Hunt Welcome to Iowa! As an Iowa native and lifelong resident, let me be one of the first to welcome everyone arriving in Des Moines for the events of the 2018 World Food Prize.  It is an honor to host thousands of passionate, focused innovators all working toward the goal of ending world […]


Ag Solutions: Industry looks to past, present and future

The following article was initially posted on Oct. 8, 2018 via High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal. By Dave Bergmeier Innovation in agriculture is often spurred on when farmers and ranchers are faced with low commodity prices. The solutions found can revolutionize the industry. Ed Brokesh, an instructor in biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, said […]


Happiest States in America, Iowa No. 8

The following article was initially published on Sept. 10, 2018 via WalletHub. By Adam McCann, Financial Writer Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy. One thing that doesn’t drive happiness […]


Economic Development Board Approves Awards to Support Three Established and Four Start-Up Companies

The following press release was initially published on Sept. 21, 2018 via the  Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more information contact: Jacque Matsen, Iowa Economic Development Authority Phone:  515.348.6245 Email:  communications@iowaeda.com Economic Development Board approves awards to support three established and four start-up companies in Iowa September 21, 2018 (DES MOINES, IA) – Today, the Iowa Economic Development […]

Iowa State University Research Park

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.7 Million to Spur Manufacturing Growth in Iowa

The following press release was initially published Sept. 20, 2018 via the  U.S. Economic Development Administration. Contact: EDA Public Affairs Department, (202) 482-4085 September 20, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.7 million grant to the Iowa State University Research […]


PowerPollen takes home $40,000 after winning 2018 Pappajohn Pitch Competition

The following article was previously published on September 18, 2018 via Clay and Milk. PowerPollen was announced as the winner of the 2018 John Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competiton last week and was awarded $40,000. The competition is a collaborative project of the Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers located at Drake University, Iowa State University, North Iowa […]


2018 10 Best College Towns- No. 2 Ames, Iowa

The following article is via Livability. Ames, IA Population: 62,815 Why It’s a Great Place to Go to College: Ames is home to Iowa State University, a beautiful 1,900-acre campus that serves more than 36,000 students. In 1862, the university became the nation’s first land-grant institution, a new federal initiative that sought to make higher […]