Name and Position/Title:
Chris Mondak, Dairy Field Specialist; Melissa O’Rourke, Farm Management Specialist; and Leo Timms, Dairy State Specialist
Fiscal Year Submitted:
POW Title and Number:
110 – Dairy Team
ISU Extension Specialists Assist Regional Economic Development Project
Issue (Who cares and Why):
In late December, Sioux City Economic Development office requested information and research-based information that would be helpful to an economic development project focused on recruiting in a new dairy processing plant to a Sioux City location. Supporting value-added agriculture projects is an ISU Extension priority, and 2 Field Specialist created and conducted a survey to gather information to assist the project managers.
What Did You Do? (Outputs – these may include educational meetings, demonstrations or research, media, facilitating, partnering)
Results timeline to date:
Economic development teams at Sioux City and State of Iowa indicate that ISUE’s survey work and presentation have been instrumental in keeping the Sioux City site as a strong candidate for site of a new processing plant.
If Sioux City is selected as the site for a new dairy processing plant, this will be a positive economic development in terms of immediate jobs created, and in terms of encouraging current and future milk production by Iowa’s dairy producers.
July 19, 2011
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