Month: November 2015

Iowa Animation Firm Draws New Future for Itself—With Help from CIRAS and Government Contracts

It was supposed to be a boom time for Grasshorse Studios. Kathy Buxton and her brother, Stephen Jennings, relocated Grasshorse, their television animation and visual effects business, from California to Iowa in 2007 to expand the company. Iowa’s film industry was roaring, and the projects were lucrative, thanks to a generous state tax credit program for the film industry. But it all changed drastically in a matter of months.

ICYM THE PRESS RELEASE: Iowa Area Development Groups Honored with USDA National Award

WASHINGTON D.C., November 5, 2015 – Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) received the USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award at a ceremony held today in Washington D.C. IADG was honored for expanding rural economic development opportunities in Iowa and across the nation by being a national advocate of USDA’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDL&G) Program, as well as other contributions and accomplishments of its rural sponsored economic development mission.