The Business Record's Power Breakfast on the Cultivation Corridor on Feb. 25 brought together four development heavyweights who are fully versed in collaboration, working on a regional scale and promoting an area. All four said the fledgling Cultivation Corridor - Central Iowa's answer to the California's Silicon Valley and North Carolina's Research Triangle - will be a success. It will take time, they all stressed, but they expect Central Iowa to see expansions and new businesses in the agricultural biosciences arena within a couple of decades, and broader success in less than the 50 years the Research Triangle took to develop.

 

To kick off the event, we had our panelists provide a look at the history and formation of the Cultivation Corridor, share lessons from the Research Triangle, and compare efforts here to those in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City. 

 

  

 

Panelists:

Jay Byers - CEO, Greater Des Moines Partnership

Steve Zumbach - Shareholder, Belin McCormick P.C.

Steve Leath - President, Iowa State University

Dee Baird - President & CEO, Cedar Rapid Metro Economic Alliance