A changing economy gives companies time to retool facilities, develop and test new products and examine internal processes. It often forces communities to re-examine economic development goals as well. Companies and communities can get help from Mark Reinig, economic development program manager at Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). He connects government and industry leaders with Iowa State resources and assets that increase economic competitiveness and technological innovation.
“We want to put the focus back on helping grow companies in-state and keep jobs here,” Reinig said.