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Governor and Lt. Governor encourage classrooms to “Skype Your School!” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:58

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds used the administration’s weekly news conference today to encourage Iowa classrooms to “Skype Your School!” as students begin heading back to school this month.

The governor and lieutenant governor have both participated in numerous Skype classroom interviews throughout the state, and wanted to ensure all Iowa schools were aware that they had the same opportunity.

To request a “Skype Your School!” classroom chat, teachers, administrators and students are encouraged to click on the featured image at http://Governor.Iowa.Gov, request a “Skype Your School” event in the comments section on and, or to use the #SkypeYourSchool hash tag on Twitter.

“We are excited to connect with students throughout Iowa,” said Gov. Branstad via a Skype feed at the administration’s weekly news conference. “As we work every day to give these students a world-class education, we believe it is important for them to be engaged with their elected leaders.”

Lt. Gov. Reynolds, who co-chairs the governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative, says it’s important for state officials to take the lead in advancing and promoting technology.

“We are excited to partner with Iowa’s schools by utilizing a relatively new technology that is becoming more and more available to the general public,” said Reynolds via the same Skype feed. “We want students to be excited about technology and learning about civics and government, and we hope our participation helps raise their interest level.

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Harvest Energy Solutions Announces Partnership with Renewegy for Midwest Agriculture Market PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Nail   
Friday, 10 August 2012 08:37

Harvest Energy Solutions, the Midwest’s Leading Wind and Solar Integrator, Granted Distribution Rights for Renewegy Wind Turbines


August 7, 2012 – Jackson, Michigan – Harvest Energy Solutions, the Midwest’s leading and fastest growing renewable energy product provider, today announced a partnership with Wisconsin-based Renewegy, Inc. Harvest Energy will be the key distributor of the Renewegy wind turbine focused on the agricultural market in the USA.


Wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of renewable energy in the US, driven by state initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a commitment to ensure a greater percentage of the nation’s electricity supply will come from renewable energy sources.  The market for wind turbines is expected to grow through rebate programs that can offset the costs for customers by as much as 50%.


Harvest has introduced a unique marketing and business model that addresses the desire of farmers, businesses, and residents to reduce and/or eliminate utility costs.  Unlike most companies that specialize in just one product type, Harvest offers a complete line of wind and solar energy systems from 10kW and up.  The Renewegy turbine was chosen by Harvest for its innovative and big-wind like design as well as the company’s outstanding commitment to service.


The Renewegy VP-20 is a horizontal axis wind turbine designed for a variety of uses including most agribusiness applications.  Renewegy applies cutting edge technology to its turbines.  The VP-20’s Variable Pitch (VP) control system, hydraulic tip-up tower, and internet monitoring are unique in the commercial wind turbine market.  Taking inspiration from the automotive and marine industries, systems are designed with the highest quality and safety standards in mind.  The unique hydraulic tip-up design of each turbine allows for quick and easy maintenance, maximizing “up time”.  Businesses, residents, farms and schools around the world are currently using Renewegy turbines to generate clean energy.


“Given farmer’s desires to cut emissions and focus on renewable energy solutions, the US agricultural market is very important to us,” said Renewegy President & CEO Jeff Ehlers.  “We are pleased to have found a partner specialized in this market that is not only a leader, but values innovation as much as we do.”


“Farmers in the USA are known for quickly adopting cutting-edge and innovative technologies,” said Mark Olinyk, CEO of Harvest Energy Solutions.  “The Renewegy VP-20 is an advanced system and wonderful departure from typical small wind generators currently available, which offers our customers a unique way to reduce their energy usage, carbon footprint and become an independent power producer.”


About Renewegy

Renewegy, Inc. is the developer of the innovative Renewegy VP-20 wind turbine.  Made in the USA, Renewegy turbines are designed for use in urban, suburban, and agricultural settings. Using synergies from past experiences in aeronautical, automotive, and marine industries, Renewegy’s technology can help to make a positive impact in the areas of wind power and beyond. For more information, visit


About Harvest

Harvest Energy Solutions is recognized as the Midwest’s leading and fastest growing renewable energy integrator, offering a broad range of renewable energy products, services and solutions to address the needs of agricultural and commercial customers.  Harvest is represented throughout the Midwest.  For more information, visit

Governor Branstad, Lt. Gov. Reynolds partner with Iowa State Fair and Iowa Interactive to launch the Iowa State Fair mobile site PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 09:45

(DES MOINES) - Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced the availability of the 2012 mobile site developed in partnership with the Iowa State Fair and Iowa Interactive. The site, which was developed by Iowa Interactive’ s self-funded model, will enhance Iowa State Fair attendees’ experience by providing information on the Iowa State Fair’s daily schedule, entertainment, food vendors, fairground map, attractions and other general information.

The mobile Iowa State Fair site can be accessed at and is available through mobile devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, iPad and other tablet devices.  Attendees may also access the site from home with an internet browser by using the same URL.

“The Iowa State Fair is one of the largest events in Iowa and, now with the mobile site, Iowans have the opportunity to access State Fair information at their fingertips. The Iowa State Fair mobile site will help fair-goers experience all that the fair has to offer,” said Branstad.

The site was developed by Iowa Interactive, which also built the Governor’s, Lt. Governor’s and the governor’s special assistant for education, Linda Fandel’s website. This is the second year for the State Fair mobile site.

“As Governor Branstad’s representative on the Iowa State Fair Board of Directors, I am proud to once again provide fair-goers with the most current information about the State Fair events through current technology. The mobile site is a great enhancement to the Iowa State Fair atmosphere and community,” said Reynolds.


Iowa State Fair

“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

About Iowa Interactive

Iowa Interactive built and manages the official web site for the state of Iowa ( and partners with state and local entities to bring new government services online. Iowa Interactive is a service of IOWAccess and is managed by the Department of Administrative Services and the eGovernment firm NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV - News).

About NIC

NIC Inc. (NASDAQ: EGOV) is the nation's leading provider of official government portals, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company's innovative eGovernment services help reduce costs and increase efficiencies for government agencies, citizens, and businesses across the country. NIC provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,100 federal, state, and local agencies that serve 97 million people in the United States. Additional information is available at


Branstad, Reynolds, Allen announce Governor’s STEM Regional Advisory Boards Appointments PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Monday, 06 August 2012 08:56

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and co-chairs of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, today announced the latest appointments for the six regional STEM network hubs advisory boards.


“The members of the STEM Regional Advisory Boards will serve as boots on the ground and be the most entrenched members of the STEM initiative in their region of the Iowa. I am confident that the appointees will provide leadership and assistance in launching the STEM initiative all across the state,” said Reynolds.


The appointments are as follows:


STEM Advisory Council – North Central Regional

Robin Anderson, Mason City

Emily Banks, McCallsburg

Dr. Paul Bartelt, Forest City

Cheryl Carruthers, Bussey

Dr. Kelly Faga, Iowa Falls

Dr. Douglas Jacobson, Ames

Chad Kuhlers, Clear Lake

Dr. Adah Leshem, Ames

Corey Metzger, Ames

Ben Petty, Conrad

Sarah Rosenblum, Marshalltown

Camille Sloan Schroeder, Boone

Christine Sturgeon, Gowrie

Jan Westrum, Boone

Richard Wrage, Boone


STEM Advisory Council – Northeast Regional

Cheryl Beatty, Winthrop

Dr. Mark Biermann, Waverly

James Brown, Jr., Cedar Falls

Dr. Samuel Dosumu, Waterloo

Scott Fortune, Cresco

Dr. Scott Greenhalgh, Cedar Falls

Sarah Harris, Dubuque

Dr. Chad Heinzel, Cedar Falls

John Hjelle, Decorah

Kim Kerian, Cresco

Jason Martin-Hiner, Strawberry Point

Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Fort Atkinson

Marcia Powell, Strawberry Point

Michelle Temeyer, Waterloo

Mark Wagner, Dubuque


STEM Advisory Council – Northwest Regional

Shaun Arneson, Spirit Lake

Jerry Chizek, Manson

Jim Christensen, Holstein

Marcella Frevert, Emmetsburg

Linda Gray, Everly

Cheryl Heronemus, Alton

Walter Johnson, Sioux City

Dr. Jasper Lesage, Sioux Center

Rick Reinking, Spirit Lake

Debora Robertson, Sioux City

Mary Trent, Carroll

Gerald Van Roekel, Orange City

Wade Weber, Spirit Lake

Ryan Welsh, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Mark Zabawa, Spencer


STEM Advisory Council – South Central Regional

Mary Bontrager, Cumming

William Burch, Mystic

Dr. Dennis Byron, Urbandale

John Chai, Norwalk

Tej Dhawan, Grimes

Jahna Duda, Johnston

Lowell Ernst, Pella

Dr. Kari Hensen, Ankeny

Rodney Henshaw, Des Moines

Rob Kleinow, Grimes

Carol LaFaver, Osceola

Dr. Randall McCaulley, Perry

Lyn Schneider, Urbandale

Dr. Lee Sharpe, Grinnell

Igor Takacs, Leon


STEM Advisory Council – Southeast Regional

Patrick Barnes, Bettendorf

Kimberly Beals, Marion

Timothy Bower, Muscatine

Bryan Braack, Eldridge

Joseph Crozier, Robins

Susan Dunek, Keokuk

Linda Fischer, Vinton

Dennis Hinkle, Burlington

Dr. Roger Johanson, Lisbon

Michael Lazere, Ames

Craig Martinson, Central City

Deborah Stanton, Washington

John Tursi, Cedar Rapids

Jacqueline Williams, Iowa City

DaLayne Williamson, Iowa City


STEM Advisory Council – Southwest Regional

Dr. Jane Bradley, West Des Moines

Dr. Barbara Crittenden, Creston

Barbara DeVore, Osceola

Jill Euken, Lewis

Dr. David Evans, Newell

Dr. Alan Ladd, Atlantic

Thomas Lesan, Creston

Kathi Most, Red Oak

Dr. Lane Plugge, Council Bluffs

Christopher Russell, Omaha, Nebraska

Brandi Shay, Tingley

Doug Sobotka, Diagonal

Adam Triggs, Mount Ayr


The six regional network hubs are the first major initiative of the new Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Advisory Council, a public-private partnership, whose overarching goal is to boost student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and promote STEM economic development.

The six regional boards are in congruence with the signing of Senate File 2321, Section 12. Members will serve at the pleasure of the governor. Each board will have a maximum of 15 members.


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Iowa State Fair, Google Launch Partnership for 2012 Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 08:40

Google to Broadcast Fair Highlights and Special Events

DES MOINES, IA (07/25/2012)(readMedia)-- A media partnership was announced today between Google and the Iowa State Fair to bring a new perspective on the Fair to both Iowans and non-Iowans. Using Google's video and social media platforms, the Iowa State Fair will use the power of the internet to show the world that "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, set August 9-19.

During the Fair, Google will be capturing events that represent the spirit and uniqueness of Iowa by posting videos each day that will be broadcast on the Fair's YouTube Channel,

In addition, the Fair will be launching their Google+ page as a new platform to interact with fans. The page will feature special events, such as Hangouts with bands before concerts, Events in Party Mode so attendees can upload and share pictures, and competitions for the opportunity to get admission tickets into the Fair. The Google+ page will allow fans to share their love of the Fair by engaging in new and exciting ways.

Fairgoers interested in learning more, and getting involved in Hangouts and Events, should circle the Iowa State Fair's page on Google+ and subscribe to their YouTube channel.

"Google's participation as a major sponsor of the Iowa State Fair further demonstrates their commitment to Iowa and her citizens. We are grateful for Google's support of an institution so revered by Iowans and look forward to a mutually rewarding relationship," said John Putney, Blue Ribbon Foundation Executive Director.

"With our deep roots in Iowa, we are proud to partner with the Iowa State Fair in 2012. We all know "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair...and it's our desire to share those experiences with a national and international audience. Google has invested nearly $1 billion in the state of Iowa, and we are constantly looking for unique ways to give back to a state that has been such a great partner in our growth. Showcasing the Iowa State Fair is a perfect fit for us, and we're proud to be a 2012 sponsor," said Chris Russell, Council Bluffs Data Center Manager.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. Discounted advance admission tickets are on sale through August 8, while supplies last. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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