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Why Iowa Profiles

Iowa isn't just a place where agriculture succeeds, it's a place where people thrive. Discover the enviable lifestyle that attracts and keeps those who live here.

Courtney Shaw of the Greater Des Moines Partnership on Why Choose Iowa

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Courtney Shaw

Courtney Shaw works with investors, affiliates and members of the Greater Des Moines Partnership to share the stories and opportunities of DSM USA with the rest of the country and the world.

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Nadilia Gomez

Nadilia Gomez brings experiences in research, industry and startups to her new role at Iowa State. Learn why she thinks Iowa is the place to be for agricultural innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Emily Callison

A Tennessee native, Callison came to Iowa to attend law school and now works with farmers, legislators and policy makers in the country’s largest corn growing state.

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Doug Moore

Doug Moore is an Iowa transplant originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1993, Doug founded EuroSource LLC to market a device he co-developed for the manufacture of composite wood products, the CasTalon blending tool

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Derek Johnson, PE

After earning a degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University, Derek Johnson started his career at an engineering firm in Chicago.

Xiaowen Guo

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Why Iowa? Q&A with Xiaowen Guo

Guo and her two children live in Muscatine, Iowa, where she is involved in several organizations including Friends of Musser Public Library and Muscatine China Initiative Committee.

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