2011 Sponsorship

Visionaries: $10K sponsor level

MidAmerican Energy

MidAmerican Energy, Iowa’s largest energy company, is strategically located in the middle of several major markets in the Midwest. Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, the company provides service to customers in a 10,600-square mile area in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Nebraska. MidAmerican Energy is a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company. At MidAmerican Energy, our commitment to you, the customer, is to deliver the exceptional personal service you deserve. If you aren't satisfied, neither are we. That's a promise.

Through a partnership with the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the members of the Corridor Business Alliance are investing in TEDx as part of the larger IQ effort to build a regional knowledge ecosystem. IQ is the overarching brand for all things innovative, collaborative and entrepreneurial in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City region to enhance and develop a true culture of innovation. This alliance was formed to create a vital regional economy through the creation and growth of business. It's purpose is to improve and strengthen strategic collaboration among the thirteen member organizations to achieve this collective vision.


Innovators: $5K sponsor level

John and Ellen Buchanan

Kirkwood COmmunity College

"We are the community’s college.” Within that key word—community—our college reaches out to help people learn, build skills and improve lives. It’s what we have been about since our founding in 1966, when a few dedicated people launched a new kind of higher education with little more than determination, toil and vision. We take that idea to heart and try our best to live the spirit of that idea every day. In many ways, we reflect the neighborhoods and towns throughout our seven-county service area.

Pearson Learning

Pearson is the world’s leading education company, providing educational materials, technologies, assessments and related services to teachers and students of all ages. Though we generate approximately 60% of our sales in North America, we operate in more than 60 countries. We publish across the curriculum under a range of respected imprints including Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, Allyn and Bacon, Benjamin Cummings and Longman. We are also a leading provider of electronic learning programs and of test development, processing and scoring services to educational institutions, corporations and professional bodies around the world.

Iowa Center for Enterprise

At the IOWA Centers for Enterprise our mission is clear. We want to foster economic development within the state and beyond by sharing The University of Iowa's rich resources. We know the University-with its 11 colleges, 1,700 faculty, and Myriad research endeavors-can be daunting to navigate. Now, with one phone call, IOWA Centers for Enterprise can direct you to world-renowned University experts in the health sciences, engineering, technology, research, and education, as well as services related to entrepreneurial training, facilities, business and workforce development, patent, copyright, trademark, licensing, and more.

Connectors: $1K sponsor level
Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank

City of Coralville, Iowa

Farmers & Merchants Savings Bank

An independent community bank with a strong tradition of meeting customers’ needs and the needs of the community. Being a locally owned and managed bank gives them the unique ability to make decisions more quickly. Their promise is to provide good old-fashioned friendly personal service to go along with their broad range of financial products.

Integrated DNA Technologies  
HR Green

HR Green, Inc. serves public and private sector clients in five markets: Transportation, Water, Governmental Services, Senior Living and Energy. The firm tackles engineering problems with a sound business approach, delivering sustainable success for clients to design, construct, own and operate viable infrastructure and healthy enterprises.

Integrated DNA Technologies

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) makes synthetic strands of tiny parts of DNA (called oligos) that are used for research purposes, such as testing for diseases, drug trials, and agricultural products. IDT is the largest manufacturer of custom oligo products in the US today. They became the industry leader in this competitive field by maintaining the highest standards of quality, service, and technical know-how.

Knowledge Meridian

Knowledge Meridian focuses on results-based solutions for your business needs. Our expertise is in implementing process and information technology solutions that make the correct and appropriate knowledge accessible at the moment it is needed. We provide the precise tools required to act on information allowing you to create the exact impact you intend on your employees and customers.

Neumann Monson Architects

For over 30 years, Neumann Monson Architects has merged talent, innovation, and expertise to create enduring architectural solutions. Their team embodies ambition and knowledge to create the best, high performance design solutions. With three locations including Iowa City, Des Moines and Sioux City, they have produced quality architecture throughout the Midwest and US.
Nolte Academy of Dance

Dance is about conveying an idea or emotion through movement. The sharing of ideas is what makes humanity unique, brings us together and moves us forward. If we are to continue to advance as a society we must continually engage in the sharing of thought at its highest level. The Nolte Academy of Dance is proud to support TEDx Iowa City as a means to this end. Not only as a way to share these ideas, but also as a way to spread the message to the world that the Iowa City Area is home to a rich diversity of thought and artistic culture.

Simmons, Perrine, Moyer, Bergman, PLC.

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC became one of Iowa's largest law firms in January 2009 when Simmons Perrine, PLC and Moyer & Bergman, PLC merged. Although each had unique histories and strengths, they shared the same ambition--to become Your Advocate for Success. SPMB has not only an in-depth knowledge of the law that makes them an effective advocate, but they also combine smart, insightful thinking with proven judgment to help provide solutions as quickly and simply as possible. They provide the full breadth of legal services, from business consulting to complex litigation. With more attorneys in nearly all fields of law, they're more nimble and efficient in responding to legal needs. They're also able to provide greater specialization and expertise. The result? Resourceful legal solutions provided in an efficient and personalized manner.

Van Meter Inc / Werner Electric

For more than 80 years, Van Meter Inc. has provided customers with high-quality electrical, automation, lighting, datacomm, and power transmission supplies. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  As a 100% employee-owned company, our people are empowered to make decisions, take educated and calculated risks and do what they feel is right to best serve our customers. Every day, our employee-owners find the best ways for our customers to be more productive and save money through our flexible services and solutions. That’s because at Van Meter, business as usual means exceeding your expectations every step of the way.

West Bank 

West Bank provides lending, deposit and trust services for individuals and businesses. We have eleven full-service banking locations in Des Moines, Iowa City and Coralville, Iowa. West Bank offers competitive personal & commercial banking products and is committed to providing top-notch customer service. West Bank places a high priority on community service and is actively involved with many civic and community projects in the greater Des Moines, Iowa City and Coralville area.

Sparks: all other sponsors

AlphaGraphics will be printing TEDxIowaCity materials as well as volunteering on 11/11. AlphaGraphics North Liberty is a locally-owned and operated, full-service printing and visual communications company.

John Beyer Photography and Design

JBeyer Photography and Design will photograph TEDxIowaCity. "My goal as a photographer has always been to authentically capture the subjects I have the honor to shoot. Although I am composing each image with a unique creative flow, it is important that you have control of your own representation giving your images a natural look."



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