1000 Friends of Iowa led legislators and industry influencers on a tour of solar energy operations through Urbandale, Clive, Waukee and West Des Moines on Wednesday as a fact-finding tour before the 2020 legislative session opens. 1000 Friends of Iowa announced the individuals who would tour, including Sen. Claire Celsi (West Des Moines), Rep. John […]

Iowans launch network to connect providers, communities seeking better service Recall the last year your home had dial-up internet service, the once great, shining beacon of communication in America.  As you nudged your modem awake, a sound that an Economist writer once described in 2007 as “the distorted screams of two modems introducing themselves” disturbed […]

President and CEO, FUELIowa FUELIowa began in 1937 amid a battle between independent operators and the oil industry, starting with the name “Iowa Independent Oil Jobbers Association.” The organization has evolved over the decades and now represents a diverse membership of fuel distributors, cooperatives, convenience and grocery stores, refiners, biofuel producers, and other firms. President […]

Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain […]

City by city, the first few tons of 5G wireless internet equipment is being installed — and protested, as CityLab reports.  5G networks have only just begun to spread — a few providers, including AT&T and Verizon, have started going live in a handful of cities (Verizon announced 5G service will be arriving in Des Moines, although wasn’t clear […]

Iowa utility regulators will allow retailers to sell energy for electric vehicle charging by quantity — a move some advocates say marks a win for the state’s budding electric vehicle infrastructure, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Last year, officials with the Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott requested that the utilities board allow energy to be […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Barb Kniff, owner/CEO of KLK Construction, to serve as the new chair of the Iowa Telecommunications and Technology Commision (ITTC), the Iowa Communications Network announced last week. Kniff’s appointment is effective May 1. She is a board member on the National Women’s Business Council and has held national and local positions […]

Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge Solutions, speaks Thursday night at the 2019 Prometheus Awards. Masterson was awarded 2019 CEO of the Year. Photo/Technology Association of Iowa “If you cut me open, I bleed technology,” proclaimed Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge Solutions. Masterson, who was accepting a Prometheus Award for CEO of the Year, seemed to […]

In less than a month, Iowa’s technology community will be gathering once again for the annual Prometheus Awards, the Technology Association of Iowa’s yearly celebration of the state’s technology industry, which the association says accounts for 8.8 percent of Iowa’s GDP.  While we haven’t met all five finalists in each of the 14 categories (by the […]

The city of Waukee, the Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) are announcing Solarize Waukee, a new bulk solar group purchase program for businesses and residents anywhere within the Waukee Community School District boundaries, which includes Waukee and portions of West Des Moines, Clive and […]