Associations and Partnerships
ITC Midwest actively supports a number of business and economic development organizations throughout the region. As just one example, ITC Midwest is an active participant in the Iowa Lakes Corridor Regional Economic Development organization in northwest Iowa. At the Iowa Lakes annual meeting in 2011, ITC Midwest participated in a panel discussion of experts reviewing the economic outlook for 2011 and the challenges that lie ahead.
ITC Midwest partnered with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Land Stewardship staff, The Conservation Corps of Iowa, and the Heritage Foundation to fund summer intern positions during 2011. The partnership provides an opportunity to educate future employees in the natural resource and conservation field.
When a devastating flood struck Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in June 2008, ITC stepped forward with a $500,000 financial contribution to assist flood recovery. That included $275,000 earmarked for the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation 2008 Flood Fund. Those funds in turn provided grants to the Salvation Army to help purchase a new mobile food service canteen, to Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity to assist in home rebuilding, and the Czech Village New Bohemia Urban Main Street program, to help fund building façade improvements in the historic and flood-impacted region.
As part of its commitment to "Right Tree, Right Place," ITC Midwest works with officials and volunteers from Trees Forever to promote tree-planting away from power lines. That commitment extended to a $10,000 sponsorship of the Iowa Urban and Community Forestry Awards Luncheon in 2011 and ongoing support for Trees Forever's regional outreach and volunteer programs.
The Wickiup Hill Outdoor Recreation Area is a popular outdoor laboratory for students and interested residents to learn about Eastern Iowa's natural heritage. ITC Midwest provided $10,000 to the Linn County Conservation Board to help preserve the area and facilitate its outdoor learning areas.