New report identifies emerging technologies, opportunities for Cedar Rapids

2018-cedar-rapids-reportcover (2)The following is an excerpt from an article originally posted on March 29, 2018 via the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

The result of a partnership begun in 2015 between Iowa State University and the city of Cedar Rapids is a report released on March 28, 2018  which identifies new, emerging technologies that could lead to increased economic activity, jobs and start-up companies in the city’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries.

The report, released at a press conference held before the annual Celebration of Agriculture dinner in Cedar Rapids, assesses the impact of current bioprocessing activities in Cedar Rapids, including corn, oats and soybean processing; yeast and fermentation products manufacturing; and processed food manufacturing.

“This report lays the groundwork for new areas to explore in the city’s bioprocessing industries,” said Wendy Wintersteen, president of Iowa State University. “It’s a significant step in our collaboration, and we plan to explore these areas in depth in the future as part of our university-city partnership. With Iowa State’s core strengths in agriculture, biosciences and engineering and Cedar Rapids’ powerhouse capabilities in processing, we believe that together we can significantly enhance economic opportunities that benefit the region and the entire state.”

“Cedar Rapids has long been recognized as one of the country’s leading centers for food ingredient production and bioprocessing,” said Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart. “It is vital for us to continue to explore new and innovative strategies to enhance economic development in this key target industry. This important partnership with ISU shows our commitment to supporting existing local industries, as well as exploring future growth opportunities.”

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