Governors Midwest Initiatives Events



Chair's Agenda
America's Smartland Series


Economic Development


Renewing the Midwestern Brand




Maximizing Bioenergy Resources in the Midwest


A variety of biomass to energy opportunities exist throughout the Midwest, with feedstocks ranging from energy crops to food waste to manure. Many of these biomass resources are currently not fully developed or utilized and state-led programming or incentives can help grow the industry.  Biomass can be converted to electricity and/or heat, used as a source of renewable natural gas, or provide a variety of vehicle fuels. A strong bioenergy market could result in local economic development as well as provide a range of potential environmental benefits. The MGA Smartland Series will discuss strategies related to:

  • securing a sustainable biomass supply,
  • improving the efficiency of biomass processing and conversion,
  • expanding the bioenergy market, and
  • creating inclusive biomass business models capturing the ag/energy/water nexus.

In-Person Meeting

October 11-12, 2017

The meeting will take place in Iowa City, Iowa and will be a combination of selected high-level speakers and attendee discussion to synthesize lessons learned. We are tentatively planning 2 biomass related tours.

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Draft Agenda

Nearby Hotel Options

Coralville Hotels                                                                    Iowa City Hotels             

Holiday Inn Express & Suites                                              Hilton Garden Inn

970 25th Avenue                                                                      328 S. Slinton Street

319-625-5000                                                                          319-248-6100                                                              

Fairfield Inn & Suites                                                             Sheraton Iowa City Hotel

650 Coral Ridge Avenue                                                        210 S. Dubuque Street

319-333-7711                                                                          319-337-4058                                                                     

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson                                         Best Western Cantebury Inn & Suites

2571 Heartland Place                                                            704 1st Avenue

319-545-8464                                                                          319-351-0400


Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

1220 1st Avenue




Its never too early to become a sponsor! Are you or your organization interested in sponsoring this effort and meeting? The generous support of our sponsors allow us to not only hold this webinar series and meeting. 

For more information on sponsoring, please contact Jeff Ewart with the MGA at 202-367-2372 or via email.


July 20, 2017 - The Economic Development Case for Biomass

Our 1st webinar installment featured a presentation and discussion on the benefits of biomass in the Midwest. Attendees gained a deeper understanding of why biomass is useful, where it is being implemented and by whom, and what barriers exist to further implementation.

Dr. Matthew Langholtz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

August 31, 2017 - State Bioenergy Profiles and Case Studies

The second webinar featured presentations from Shelly Peterson from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Maria Redmond from the Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation.

Shelly Peterson, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Maria Redmond, Wisconsin Office of Energy Innovation

September 14, 2017 - Regional Economic Benefits of Bioenergy

The third webinar will focus on the economic benefits and potential of the Bioenergy sector in the Midwest.

Shashi Menon, EcoEngineers

Iowa Impact Report 2016

Caroline Henry, quasar energy group