Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Solar Energy Fair Comes to Creston

Amy Holley, Southern Iowa Resource Conservation & Development

Solar Energy Fair Comes to Creston

Farmers, business owners, and homeowners interested in going solar will have an opportunity to hear answers to common questions and see solar technology in action at a Solar Energy Fair on Saturday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at Creston High School. The fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for people considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Pre-registration is free and encouraged online at

The fair will feature vendors and presentations on the basics of solar electric technology, questions to consider when planning a project, examples of how to finance projects, and expo area with local solar energy and related booths. In the afternoon, go on a virtual solar energy “crawl” and see multiple locations that have installed solar energy technology and find out how it’s working for them.

Solar energy prices have dropped significantly in the last few years and tax incentives are available to make an investment in solar energy economically feasible. Come to the Creston Solar Energy Fair to see how solar energy contributes to the protection of your environment while giving your pocketbook a break.

The event is free, open to the public, and family friendly. It is part of a series of fairs hosted at four locations around Iowa. The Solar Energy Fairs are made possible with funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP Continuing Education Program (CEP) and with support from Southern Iowa RCD, Iowa Heartland RCD, Limestone Bluffs RCD, and Pathfinders RCD.  For more information, visit or contact Amy Holley at
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Open Coffee - Creston 6/23

Open Coffee – Creston

Thursday, June 23, 2016   8-9:30am
(Every 4th Thursday of the month)
@ Adams Street Espresso
213 W. Adams St. in Uptown Creston

An informal gathering for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-ups, investors, innovators, creative types and anyone else who is interested in sharing and learning from others about business related topics.  The event is the fourth Thursday of every month. Bring your favorite coffee mug. We will provide straight up coffee. If you want the fancy stuff it's on you!

Hosted by Union County Development Association  

For more information call: 641-782-2003

Friday, May 27, 2016

Iowa Innovation Showcase coming to Creston June 9th!

June 9, 2016 – 12-2pm

Lunch will be provided.

Southwestern Community College, Instructional Building – Room 180,
1501 W. Townline St., Creston, Iowa

Iowa Innovation Corporation and the Iowa Venture Capital Association are sponsoring an innovation tour of Iowa to help spread the message that Iowa is a great place to start and grow a business. Our next stop is Creston! On Thursday, June 9, we will bring representatives from the following organizations:

·       Iowa Innovation Corporation. A nonprofit organization established by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, to help small businesses connect to private and public funding, including federal agencies like NIH, USDA and NASA.

·       Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS). A vast network of university and industry experts to enhance the performance of industry.

·         Iowa Energy Center. Supports economic development, environmental sustainability and social well-being in Iowa through energy innovation, education and entrepreneurship. 

·        UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation. Through a network of businesses and resources, serving small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the state of Iowa.

·       Cultivation Corridor. With a goal of further developing and marketing Iowa’s bioeconomy, the Cultivation Corridor is building on innovation to enhance environmental sustainability and accelerate business development by attracting companies, talent and capital from across the globe.        

After each of these groups gives a brief introduction of their organization, there will be time for discussion and an opportunity for individuals to “pitch” their business idea; anyone with a small innovative business, or an idea for one, should attend.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Wayne Pantini, Union County Development Association, (641) 782-2003 or