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Industry Focus: Advanced Manufacturing – Manufacturing High-Tech Growth


In terms of its contribution to GDP, the advanced manufacturing sector punches well above its weight, producing $2.7 trillion in value-added economic activity.

Municipal “Green Streets” Redevelopment Project Wins 2015 Iowa ASLA Award

Sketch of West Union, Iowa downtown green pilot project.

The green pilot program will assist the community in creating sustainable practices including energy efficient measures for local businesses and green infrastructure in many projects across the city.

Feature Story: 2015 Economic Development Awards

2015 Economic Development Achievement Award 2015.

Locations across the nation are rapidly applying the best practices needed to meet the requirements of new and expanding 21st century businesses. This makes it much tougher for us to pick the best of the best, so we’ve expanded our showcase to make room for an ever-increasing number of economic development leaders.

Business Report: Iowa – BIVI Plans $110-Million Expansion of IA Biotech Facilities

Governor quote.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) makes a major capital investment in its animal health facilities in Fort Dodge and Ames.

State Focus: Iowa Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions

Iowa is meeting businesses’ growing needs for highly skilled workers, like the technicians pictured here. Nearly 33 percent of Iowans ages 25 to 34 hold bachelor’s degrees. Iowa’s refundable tax credit on R&D activities has allowed many bioscience companies to build new research centers.

Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.

Feature Story: Shovel-Ready Sites – Fired Up, Ready To Go

Cheney Industrial and Commerce Park (CICP), the first site to be certified in Spokane County, offers high-speed fiber optic broadband and all other utilities fully installed. (Photo:

Matching industrial projects to infrastructure-rich sites that are certified as shovel-ready is essential to winning the site-selection battle.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report

National Graphene Institute

A resurgent bioscience sector pulls Europe into recovery, while U.S. biotech leaders train the next generation of an essential skilled workforce.

Cover Story: New Energy Powers Growth


An energy revolution is sweeping across the U.S., creating thousands of jobs and making it likely we’ll achieve the long-sought goal of energy independence by 2020 or sooner.