at the University of Northern Iowa

As a joint effort between the Institute for Decision Making, Strategic Marketing Services and Advance Iowa, the US Economic Development Authority (EDA) University Center Project focuses on enhancing the support system for business innovation and entrepreneurship development across Iowa.

Pandemic Impact on Iowa Businesses - Survey 4 Summaries Now Available!

A fourth survey funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration was conducted for the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) from March 16, 2022 through April 15, 2022. Businesses and organizations across the state offered information about what they are experiencing and how they are handling the post-pandemic economy. Nearly 4,000 Iowa businesses and organizations responded to the survey. IDM and SMS have developed several reports from the results:

Industry 4.0 Training and Resources for Economic Developers

IDM and Iowa's Community Colleges organized an online training for community college economic developers to provide a basic overview of Industry 4.0 and the terms associated with the tools and technologies of Industry 4.0. The workshop provided participants with visuals and explanations to help them recognize industry adoption, gauge a businesses' readiness or need for Industry 4.0 technologies, and offered useful sources for further learning and resources for business assistance.

IDM continues its involvement with the statewide Industry 4.0 Consortium by developing Industry 4.0 topical handouts for economic developers that enhance their BRE efforts.

COVID-19 Impact on Iowa Businesses Reports - Surveys 1 & 2

Survey 1 Documents:

Survey 2 Documents:

Survey 3 Documents: