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Tech Works Power Point

  1. 1. Presented by MCG BioComposites LLC
  2. 2. TechWorks: Launching the Bioeconomy from the Heart of the Midwest TechWorks is a regional bioeconomy campus focused on connecting intellectual property, technology, and industry innovators to commercialize and manufacture bioproducts www.cedarvalleytechworks.com
  3. 3. Iowa’s Cedar Valley: a Centerpoint in the Bioeconomy <ul><li>The TechWorks project is projected to become a centerpoint of research and commercialization of bioenergy and bioproducts </li></ul><ul><li>Public and private sector partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deere & Company </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Northern Iowa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hawkeye Community College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iowa Department of Economic Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City of Waterloo </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>40-acre campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20 acres of development sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>300,000 square feet of space in two existing buildings </li></ul></ul>TechWorks Master Plan TechWorks Master Plan
  5. 5. Laying the Foundation: Accomplishments to Date
  6. 6. Building a Bio-Based Innovation Campus: Next Steps <ul><li>All of the identified investments in this project update are ready to be implemented immediately—started within six months and completed within two years </li></ul><ul><li>Projects divided into three phases to highlight priorities, though projects are independent and can be pursued simultaneously </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 1: Technology Center AgriTech Center </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 2: Manufacturing Cluster </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 3: Distributed Renewable Energy Pilot Project Highway 63 and TechWorks Gateway </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology Center <ul><li>The Technology Center (Tech I) is designed to meet the research, development and educational needs of the growing market for bio-based products. Next steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finishing space for and providing start-up funding for the IP Institute Cedar Valley branch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing a Polymer Compounding & Testing Laboratory to serve regional bioplastics companies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Completing whitebox renovations of the Technology Center to prepare it for tenant occupancy </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Technology Center: Midwest Intellectual Property Management Institute <ul><li>The Midwest is rich in technology and talent stemming from the private sector. The IP Institute, headquartered in Moline, Illinois: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is a conduit to transfer underused intellectual property held by corporations to start new businesses and enhance existing businesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engages top talent , including retirees, in IP transfer and in consulting to corporations to retain this invaluable retiring talent pool in the region - critical to fostering innovation and training future workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has established solid partnerships to advance this initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is creating an Iowa branch office at TechWorks including a Business Accelerator </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Technology Center: Polymer Compounding & Testing Laboratory <ul><ul><li>TechWorks includes a concentrated focus on the bioplastics industry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polymer compounding and testing laboratory will serve the many bioplastics businesses in need of advanced testing and compounding services in Iowa and the greater region </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. AgriTech Center <ul><li>Celebrating the History and Future of Ag Innovation in a new 35,000 s.f. pavilion connecting the Tech 1 and Tech 2 buildings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A highly interactive center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on the Cedar Valley’s attraction of 30,000 visitors annually to John Deere’s facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A trailhead for the federally designated Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Manufacturing Cluster <ul><li>Tech 2 building </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As a rehabilitated building in an urban brownfield, it offers the greenest possible location </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Development Sites </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>20 acres </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New construction opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Geared toward flexibly configured buildings </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Distributed Renewable Cogeneration Energy Pilot Project <ul><li>The goals of this energy facility are to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the power production capabilities of waste biomass feedstock (such as corn stover) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the energy saving and costs of implementing a distributed, renewable, cogeneration energy system serving multiple industrial users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement an energy systems job training program designed to propel renewable energy systems employees and businesses into the marketplace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advance bioenergy technologies, creating opportunities for business growth </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Iowa Green Zone Pilot: Cedar Valley TechWorks <ul><li>Positioning Iowa to Create Green Collar Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>TechWorks proposes to establish a pilot “Green Zone” program that could then be expanded throughout the State of Iowa to help attract “triple bottom line” * companies by offering: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A unique package of incentives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A powerful marketing tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opportunities for business collaboration </li></ul></ul>*Triple bottom line companies – businesses that practice economic, social, and environmental responsibility to achieve success and sustainability.
  14. 14. Green Zone Pilot: Certification <ul><li>” Green Zone” certification would be similar to LEED certification for buildings and Green Seal certification for consumer products, and would be a tiered system </li></ul><ul><li>Criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Site : points would be maximized for urban sites and brownfields </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce : Create employment opportunities within walking distance of underemployed workforce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green Products and Services : Businesses that adhere to one or more eco-certification standards </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Marketing of TechWorks <ul><li>Website : www.mcgbiocomposites.com </li></ul><ul><li>National and regional Trade magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Educational connections </li></ul><ul><li>Plastics International and National Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact Sam McCord at 319-378-0077 or email [email_address] for a site tour </li></ul>

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