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The city of Iowa City, Iowa, has begun the process of acquiring, annexing and zoning the first 173 acres of land that will comprise the initial parcel of a dedicated wind energy supply chain campus.

Located minutes between Acciona North America's operations in West Branch, Iowa, and Clipper's North American nacelle manufacturing plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this rail-served campus will allow current and future suppliers easy access to their customers and the growing number of wind projects in the upper Midwest.

"From our research and relationships with these companies, we know they are looking for a skilled workforce in a right-to-work state," says Joe Raso, president of the Iowa City Area Development Group. "Aggregating these companies in one area offers the best opportunity for companies to keep transportation costs down while utilizing a highly productive workforce."

Iowa City plans to coordinate with utility partners and transportation officials to expedite infrastructure projects. City leaders envision a variety of uses on the wind energy supply chain campus, including forging and casting, manufacturing, light assembly, warehousing and distribution.

SOURCE: Iowa City Area Development Group


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