The City of Iowa City, Iowa, continues its work to develop what is believed to be the first Wind Energy Supply Chain Campus in the United States. Since November 2008 the city has taken steps to acquire, annex, and zone 173 acres of land located on the city’s east side and begin infrastructure work. Sewer service projects and road improvements are underway or scheduled for development. To date over three-dozen companies have visited or requested information about the campus.
“We are able to meet power and transportation needs because this campus is being developed from the ground up,” says Joe Raso, Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) Group president. “Unlike other industrial sites which may have to be retrofitted, this campus is being designed specifically to the needs of the wind energy sector.”
This development puts OEM suppliers in close proximity to Acciona North America’s operations in West Branch and Clipper’s North American nacelle manufacturing plant in Cedar Rapids. The campus is rail served and will allow companies easy access via Interstate 80 to their customers and the growing number of wind projects not only in Iowa, but in the upper Midwest. Additionally, it will soon be certified as one of only three “shovel-ready sites” in the region.
In response to continuous inquiries, ICAD Group has launched a special Web site featuring a snapshot overview of the campus and important facts about the benefits of doing business in Iowa City. Users can link to laborshed reports, detailed property information about the campus, and obtain a free transportation quote to estimate costs of shipping products to and from our area. “At this stage companies are planning for projects in 2010 and 2011 and need data to determine which locations make sense for their needs,” Raso says. “Our supply chain campus Web site will help national and international companies with their research and make it easy for them to contact us with specific questions or to arrange site tours.”