CIRAS Secures Five-year EDA Grant to Benefit Iowa’s Construction Industry

EDA University Center designThe U.S. Department of Economic Administration has chosen CIRAS to continue its role in the National University Center program. This designation, along with a five-year grant, will provide CIRAS with the resources needed to enhance its support for the construction industry in Iowa.

As part of the new initiative, CIRAS will undertake four specific activities: (1) perform a needs assessment to pinpoint the main challenges facing construction companies; (2) identify key emerging technologies that could help address these issues; (3) organize events and demonstrations that bring together technology providers, construction engineers, and industry leaders; and (4) develop a Construction 4.0 technology assessment tool to help companies understand the long-term impact of different technologies and stay informed about changes in the market.

CIRAS will add a strategic advisor with expertise in the construction industry to lead this effort. Stay tuned, as we have exciting developments on the horizon and will share regular updates on the progress and opportunities arising from this initiative.

For more information, contact Leah Barton at or 515-291-0733.