Greater Des Moines Leadership InstituteThe Cultivation Corridor was the main focus of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program class on February 19 at the DuPont Pioneer campus in Johnston. The session featured Paul Schickler, DuPont Pioneer President, who serves on the Cultivation Corridor’s Board of Directors.

Schickler explained the role that the Cultivation Corridor plays in promoting economic development and employment creation, as well as how Pioneer and the overall industry can benefit from the Corridor approach. Brent Willett, Executive Director of the Cultivation Corridor, also spoke about the Cultivation Corridor’s efforts to brand Central Iowa as a hub for biosciences.

The Community Leadership Program consists of 50 emerging and existing leaders selected from the private, public and non-profit sectors of the community. During the nine-month curriculum, class members are exposed to issues of the Greater Des Moines community through experimental learning, class discussions, and expert presentations.

The February class session also included Kristine Johansen, Manager of Industry Engagement at the Iowa State University Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations, who informed the class of the innovation and resources of Ag Biosciences at ISU. Derek Nelson, Sustainability Manager at DuPont Pioneer, spoke about sustainable cultivation, and Dr. Christi Hegstad from MAP Professional Development, Inc. offered tips on how to bring a vision to life.