A regional contingent from Iowa’s Creative Corridor, including ICAD Group’s Interim President Mark Nolte, Jeff Rossate from the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and George Lake from the Marion Economic Development Company (MEDCO) are traveling to Atlanta to pursue business and economic development opportunities in wind energy as part of the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower2012 Conference and Expo, June 3 - 6.
Nolte is also presenting at the conference as part of a panel discussion on the role of wind power in economic development and job creation. “Wind energy continues to be an exciting frontier for Iowa’s Creative Corridor,” said Nolte. “The goal in site selection is always to minimize risk while maximizing profit potential in the short and long term. With our regional assets in transportation, logistics and labor, we offer low risk and high profit potential and are excited to meet with many of our contacts within manufacturing companies looking to expand.”
Past AWEA Windpower conferences have attracted more than 10,000 attendees and 750 exhibitors representing the fields of wind power development, academics, manufacturing, government policy, financing, and economic development. Last year, Windpower attendees came from all 50 states, as well as 59 countries.
“Our new shovel ready certification of the Wind Energy Supply Chain Campus is also a strong selling point for the region,” added Nolte. “Multiple wind energy publications ran the story within the last few weeks and we’ve been in contact with companies wanting to know more about the site.”
ICAD Group, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, MEDCO, the State of Iowa, and utility partners have been actively working with wind energy companies for the past several years. Just last year, officials from Nadicom (North American Ductile Iron Company) announced plans to locate its first North American ductile iron castings foundry in Iowa City. Most recently, a European manufacturing company alerted ICAD Group that this region is the only Iowa location on their list of potential sites and one of only 5 sites nationally. “We continue to meet with Nadicom regarding their plans and are working with the European company and their consultants to schedule future visits to the area,” said Nolte.