Enhance your meat processing capabilities with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Program

  The Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Program, managed by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, offers financial support to enhance small-scale meat processing operations, including licensed custom lockers and mobile slaughter units. The program targets businesses seeking to expand, refurbish, or establish new facilities, providing grants of up to $100,000 with a one-to-one matching requirement. For … Continue reading Enhance your meat processing capabilities with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Program

Q & A with Melissa Burant

Q: Tell me about your job and how it contributes to the overall goals of CIRAS to help companies prosper. I like to say, I help companies solve their problems. This can mean I help them identify a new supplier or it can mean, I connect them to a resource either at CIRAS or external … Continue reading Q & A with Melissa Burant

Mapping Your Supply Chains Helps Prioritize Risks, Actions

This blog was produced by Industry Week in partnership with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. View the original blog post here.  As a manufacturer you understand that supply chain disruptions happen all the time. What you don’t know is when or how they will impact your operation and business. But assessing your supply chain risks and implementing … Continue reading Mapping Your Supply Chains Helps Prioritize Risks, Actions

Manufacturing Internships Expand the Talent Pipeline

This blog was produced by the Manufacturing Innovation Blog Powered by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. View the original blog post here.  Manufacturing internships are one of the most effective methods for building your company’s talent pipeline. In my role as project manager for workforce programs at Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), I help manufacturers … Continue reading Manufacturing Internships Expand the Talent Pipeline

Q & A with Jennifer Garcia

Q: Tell me about your job and how it contributes to the overall goals of CIRAS to help companies prosper. As an Event Manager at CIRAS, I oversee in-person events led by my colleagues. I coordinate the event’s overall logistics to ensure companies have an enjoyable experience when attending our events. We know that companies … Continue reading Q & A with Jennifer Garcia

Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Avenues for Innovation in Government Markets

If you have an innovative product or service, several avenues exist to help grow and expand your innovation into the government and other markets.  Some avenues are more appropriate for fully developed technologies, while others are better suited for technologies under development.  Some offer funding assistance, while others help you bypass the red tape involved … Continue reading Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Avenues for Innovation in Government Markets

2024 Year in Preview

At CIRAS, we take pride in being ready to help you solve your toughest problems. As we enter 2024, we’re excited to build on our foundation with a range of initiatives designed to support your growth and success, fostering collaboration, promoting informed technology adoption, and maximizing access to world-class expertise. Building a Smarter Construction Industry: … Continue reading 2024 Year in Preview

Iowa DOT Training Opportunities and CIT Funding for Contractors

Amidst a period where projects may have experienced a slowdown, it is opportune to explore the training opportunities provided by the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT). The Iowa DOT Technical Training and Certification Program offers a variety of training formats, accommodating both in-person and virtual sessions. Construction in Training (CIT) funding is available for DBE … Continue reading Iowa DOT Training Opportunities and CIT Funding for Contractors

Steps for Reimbursement from CIT funding

Submit the “CIT Funds Pre-Approval Request Form” to Danny Wagener, Iowa DOT Compliance Officer: Wagener@iowadot.us It MUST be pre-approved to obtain CIT Funds reimbursement. Note: Any changes to the date, type of training, and/or cost of an already pre-approved, then needs to be re-communicated and pre-approved with the DOT staff administering the CIT Program prior … Continue reading Steps for Reimbursement from CIT funding