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Iowa, already a leader on wind, looks to take the next steps on storage

Sunday, October 07, 2018

A $200,000 state grant will finance research into two solar-plus-storage projects aimed at better understanding the state’s energy storage potential. As one of the nation’s leading producers of wind energy, Iowa has abundant — but also sporadic — energy resources. State officials see huge potential for batteries to help make the most of its wind and solar generation, and they hope to test it with a new grant-funded project. Click here for the complete article.
Rural development is about more than just jobs

Friday, October 05, 2018

Iowa’s rural population has been in decline for more than a century, and many areas struggle to remain vital as a result. Today, only about a third of Iowans are rural residents, and a frequent discussion among policy makers is how to revive the areas where they live and create sustainable communities. Those discussions often focus on bringing new employers to town that will hire locals and maybe even bring a few new people to the community. But researchers affiliated with a University of Iowa research institute say that while jobs are important, the effort to increase wealth in rural communities has to go...
Iowa's use of special tax areas leads nation

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Iowa is the most prolific user in the nation of tax increment financing to spark economic development but is “modest” in borrowing against the proceeds, according to a new national report. Iowa has 3,340 TIF districts, nearly double the next most prolific user — Minnesota with 1,719. But when it comes to TIF borrowing, Iowa ranked No. 13 in the nation with $315 million between 2000 and 2014, according to “Improving Tax Increment Financing for Economic Development” by University of Illinois Chicago professor David Merriman for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Click here for the complete article.