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Ames among leaders in density of high-tech start-ups in the country

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Ames has been ranked among the top cities in the country for having a high-density of high-tech start-up companies.

A report released this week by technology policy coalition Engine and entrepreneurship research association the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation placed Ames at No. 25 in metro areas with the highest ratio of tech start-ups compared to the national average.

Boulder, Colo., was ranked No. 1.

Dane Stangler, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, said several factors, including the presence of Iowa State University, likely helped push Ames to the leader board for high-tech start-up density.

He said the Ames Seed Capital LLC, which generates private capital to help fund start-ups, also could be a critical component for Ames. He said private capital investment has proven over time to be more successful than public funds.

“Ames is in the smallest metropolitan size class and it ranks highly,” Stangler said. “Ames had one of the largest increases in high-tech start-up densities between 1990 and 2010.”

He said cities that have strong research institutions, such as ISU, have a large talent pool to draw from.

“We see elsewhere in the country, a lot of these start-up hubs, the way they have such a high density is they have an anchor institution or high-growth company that spawns all these other entrepreneurs,” Stangler said.

Dan Culhane, president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, said, “this latest ranking clearly underscores the power of Ames having the good fortune of being the host community to ISU. Make no mistake, this particular ranking points directly to the immense infrastructure we enjoy that is so important to technology starts.”

Culhane credited the Iowa State University Research Park and its leadership for Ames’ ranking on this list.

“Steve Carter and the Iowa State University Research Park are front and center responsible for a ranking like this,” Culhane said. “The Park offers a wide array of support to technology start-ups as well as an environment that is conducive to supporting such endeavors.

“Couple all of this with the Ames Seed Capital Fund, which recently announced a new $1.8 million fund and Ames is well-positioned to provide timely assistance, and capital, to new technology starts,” Culhane said.

Stangler, said the challenge for many communities is maintaining the high-tech density over time.

“It’s absolutely possible to sustain it, but it’s also true it can peter out,” Stangler said. “We don’t have a good grasp yet on those dynamics as far as what can be done public policy wise to sustain it.”


By Ames Tribune staff

Monday, July 8th, 2013


Join Us in Celebrating 10 Years in Ankeny!

We are having a party on Saturday, July 13, following the Summerfest parade until 2pm. Food and drinks are provided. We appreciate the trust in us over the last 10 year from our customers and the Ankeny community.

Food Drive Under Way for United Way

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

DonateFoodHereArea businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with the United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to Hunziker & Associiates, REALTORS® at 105 S. 16th Street in Ames  May 13-23. Your donation will be distributed to the one of the 15 food pantries in the county. The United Way is hoping for a large food donation this year. The need for food is even greater during the summer months. One out of four students in Story County are on a free or reduced lunch program. These children will no longer have access to school-provided meals once summer break starts.

Click Here for the United Way of Story County website for some ideas for donations. Cash donation may be used to purchase perishable items or other items in bulk.

Hunziker Community Shred Day a Success!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

AmesShredDayWe’re pleased to announce that the Hunziker Community Shred Day was a success! Mother Nature supplied beautiful conditions for the event and enabled us to shred and recycle several thousand pounds of paper. A big thanks goes out to all those who came to the event and Terri from Secure Shred Solutions. The Shred truck from Secure Shred Solutions spent time at our offices in Ankeny and Ames on April 26 and 27.


Hunziker Community Shred Day!

Friday, April 26th, 2013


Join us for the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS Annual Shred Day! We encourage anyone in the community to bring up to 5 boxes of shreddable items to our offices. We will have a truck from Secure Shred Solutions at our Ankeny office, 1255 N. Ankeny Blvd., on Friday, April 26 from 11am – 1pm and on Saturday, April 27 from 9am – 11am at our Ames office, 105 South 16th St. Kick off your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers & any other paperwork that you shouldn’t throw out in the trash.

With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief’s job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.


Ames High School Rank 3rd Best High School in Iowa

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

AmesBestHighSchoolsCongratulations to Ames High School! Ranked 3rd best High School in Iowa according to US News report. Ankeny placed 10th and Gilbert 17th. Central Iowa is a great place to call home.

The 2013 Best High Schools rankings can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools. U.S. News collected data on more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage, so families can see how their public high school stacked up against rivals within the community and across the country. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.

Ames 2nd Best College Town Nationally

Monday, March 11th, 2013

isu-iowa-state-ames-tops-college-townsFrom WHOTV13

“According to the American Institute for Economic Research, Ames – home to Iowa State University – is the second best college town in the nation…

AIER looked at a variety of factors, including culture and entertainment, earning potential, student diversity, cost of living and more.

The latest approval comes after the University of Iowa, Iowa State and UNI were ranked in the top 100 in Kiplinger’s “best values in public colleges” in January.”


Mortgage delinquency rate at a 4 year low

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The housing market continues to become more stable and solid across the U.S. Homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments is now at a 4 year low.

Read the Des Moines Register article.

Last Minute Valentine Ideas-Local events

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

ValentinesEvents Looking for some fun ways to to spend Valentine’s Day? The list below are some ideas for you to explore to create the perfect day for you and your loved one.

Valentine Dinner Train
Experience elegant railroad dining as it was in the 1950’s. Choice of entree, reservations required. February 9,14, 15 & 16.

Valentine’s Day Drop off
Bring the kids by for a jumping good time at Pump It Up in Urbandale! The fun starts at 5:00 lasting until 9:00 p.m. We will do a special craft and play fun games! Of course there will be lots of jumping, bouncing and sliding on our awesome inflatables! To keep their energy up, we will fill them with pizza and a sweet treat!

Wine and Chocolate Weekend Bring your Valentine to Tassel Ridge Winery for a wine and chocolate pairing experience featuring award-winning Tassel Ridge wines paired with fine European chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam.

Des Moines Sweethearts Charity Date Auction
Snatch up a young bachelor or bachelorette at the Des Moines Sweethearts – Charity Date Auction to benefit Young Variety’s annual VIP Telethon on 6pm, February 16th, 2013. Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines Iowa 50321.

New Year, New Career

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Did your New Year’s resolutions include improving your career opportunities? We are looking for quality people interested in building their own business.

Check out our career page and try our simulator to see if a career in real estate might be right for you.