What is the history of innovation in our region?
We know about Arthur Collins, who at 15 was able to communicate with an arctic expedition via radio, and went on to start the Collins Radio Company in his basement. Today, Rockwell Collins is one of the Corridor’s largest employers.
Another example that comes to mind is the Amana Corporation. Already known for its refrigerators, Amana introduced the first compact microwave oven in 1967 – an appliance that, today, is in nearly every home in America. (Chuck Peters, CEO of the Gazette Company and one of the leaders of this project, was a former president of Amana – I’m working with him to get his insights on that history.)
In more recent history, the founder of GoDaddy, Bob Parsons, had ties to Iowa. He founded Parsons Technology in Cedar Rapids in the 90s before founding GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar and Web hosting provider, which still has offices in Hiawatha.
What other examples are out there? I’m eager to learn and share.
Oh, and if you’re feeling reflective, please also send us your thoughts on the past year and goals for the next one for our New Years’ Resolutions issue.