The TechWorks Campus is a 30-acre advanced manufacturing and biotechnology research, development and education center, and business and manufacturing cluster. The campus is located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa adjacent to the John Deere drive train advanced manufacturing operations. The campus includes two historic former Deere manufacturing buildings; Tech I and Tech II. The Tech I building includes industrial manufacturing space, tech shop or ‘tinkers’ space, and incubator. It is also the location of the University of Northern Iowa's Metal Casting Center which features the ExOne 3D printer, the largest of its kind in North America. Tech II, also known as the Green@TechWorks, will include: the John Deere Regional Training Center, an internationally recognized business class hotel, fine dining establishment, Hawkeye Community College class rooms, office and conference space. The Green is designed to LEED standards and will utilize a mix of renewable energy systems. Land parcels are also available for development. The John Deere Waterloo & Tractor Museum is also located on the campus.
Informing the Public and Educating the Industry
To ensure a continued source of industry-knowledge workers, and keep the public up to date on the the latest technology and advancements in Advanced Manufacturing, the TechWorks Campus includes the following programs:
Research and Development
The TechWorks serves as a well-connected focal point for Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Center, for research and development.
University/Community College Downtown Campus
The TechWorks is an ideal location for a downtown campus. The University of Northern Iowa and Hawkey Community College will make programs available at this campus are designed to meet the workforce training needs of employers, as well as providing business and technical support to the new and growing businesses located in the Manufacturing Cluster.
Currently the University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center and its additive manufacturing program using 3D printing is located at the TechWorks.
Strong Workforce Connections
With a history of hard work that leads the way in productivity, the Cedar Valley of Iowa already has a skilled manufacturing workforce in place. Locating Iowa's bioeconomy hub near the John Deere Advanced Manufacturing Facilities and the University of Northern Iowa makes this area a focal point for other bio companies, and high-tech and biotech manufacturing jobs.
With Waterloo, Iowa's central location, easy accessibility, excellent connectivity and rich agricultural manufacturing history, TechWorks Campus is positioned for success.
The TechWorks is owned and managed by the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and is located at
360 Westfield Ave., Waterloo, IA 50701.
The Green @ TechWorks
New site coming soon.
TechWorks Campus News
Renovation of the Tech I Building has begun on floors 1 & 2. Tech II construction will begin Spring 2015. New construction lots are also now available on the campus.
First Iowa Reinvestment District Authorized for Cedar Valley TechWorks Campus
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board met Tuesday, February 3, 2015 to approve funding for the City of Waterloo through the Iowa Reinvestment District program.
The board approved a maximum benefit amount of $12 million for the TechWorks Campus Reinvestment District plan submitted by the City of Waterloo along with TechWorks.
The new TechWorks District, located at the west end of Downtown Waterloo and comprised of a portion of the TechWorks Campus and the new John Deere’s Waterloo Tractor & Engine Museum, will have a capital investment of over $70 million and include multiple projects. The first is Tech 2, a mixed-use development including a business-class hotel and John Deere Training Center; and Tech 1 manufacturing and maker-spaces. The second project includes development of commercial out-lots. The third project includes a commercial marina with boat storage, boat sales, fuel sales and a riverfront restaurant.
TechWorks Campus Partners
Thank you to these people and organizations for helping make TechWorks Campus possible:
Cedar Valley Legislative Delegation
Cedar Falls Utilities www.cfu.net
City of Waterloo www.wplwloo.lib.ia.us/waterloo/
Economic Development Administration www.eda.gov
Greater Cedar Valley Alliance
Hawkeye Community College www.hawkeye.cc.ia.us
Iowa Department of Economic Development www.iowalifechanging.com
John Deere www.deere.com
Lockard Companies www.lockardonline.com/
MCG BioComposites www.mcgbiocomposites.com/
Mid-American Energy www.midamericanenergy.com
University of Northern Iowa www.uni.edu
Waterloo Development Corporation
Planting a Seed
It all started with a seed - a single idea - to build a hub that firmly plants Waterloo, Iowa, in people's minds as a leader in the growing global bioeconomy.
A generous donation from John Deere provided the rich soil for the idea to grow.
In 2000, John Deere announced plans to move from its Westfield site to a new $125 million drive train advanced manufacturing center elsewhere in Waterloo. The vacancy freed approximately 2 million square feet of manufacturing space.
John Deere donated more than 40 acres, several buildings and substantial financial resources for the complex to the Waterloo Development Corporation.
More than 40 buildings were razed on the former John Deere Waterloo Works site, clearing more than 1.5 million square feet of space. 75% of the material created by demolition was reused or salvaged.
The Waterloo Development Corporation the Waterloo Development Corporation transferred ownership and responsibility to the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance, an organization that focuses on expanding and diversifying the economic base of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa, area. The Alliance established Cedar Valley TechWorks in 2006.
The Right Nutrients
A number of people and organizations continue to partner with Cedar Valley TechWorks, and the project has already secured a healthy infusion of more than $21 million dollars in funding.
All is in place. An idea. Fertile ground. Strong roots. And the right nutrients. Now all that's needed is you. Cedar Valley TechWorks continues to grow, and you can be part of its growth. For more information on business and investment opportunities, or to become a partner, click here.
TechWorks Board of Directors
Chair - Tim Hurley, Retired- Deere & Co. and City of Waterloo
Treasurer - Barb Anderson, Courier Communications
Past Chair - Mark Kittrell, Eagle View Partners
Noel Anderson, City of Waterloo
Dave Deaver, 1st National Bank Cedar Falls
Jeff Hassman, Cedar Valley Partners
Ed McCann, John Deere Waterloo Works
Bob Peterson, Northland Products
Randy Pilkington, University of Northern Iowa
General Manager- Cary Darrah, Cedar Valley TechWorks
SME Accelerator & IAMC Operations Director - Wes James
President- Steve Dust, Cedar Valley Alliance
For more information check out http://www.cedarvalleytechworks.com/