Dr. Mark A Edelman In the News

February 04, 2022

Solidarity Microfinance announced it has received a grant from Bank of America that will allow the Des Moines-based organization to further invest in Iowans working toward personal financial goals and entrepreneurial expansion, through $300,000 in additional funding spanning three years.   

November 18, 2021

Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, emeritus professor, was quoted in a Nov. 12 Iowa City Press-Citizen story, "'Johnson County is just the start': New group wants to lift Iowa Black-owned businesses."

June 21, 2021

Mark Edelman, Sandy BurkeThe Dept of Treasury CDFI Fund announced a Rapid Response Program grant award of $1,134,000 to Iowa Community Capital (ICC) for financial products and/or projects in eligible census tracts.

April 28, 2021

Dr. Mark EdelmanA paper, "Extension-Led Demonstration: Grameen Microfinance Methods and Capital Access for Low-Income Female Entrepreneurs" (MS #1327), by Mark Edelman, emeritus professor, has been published to Journal of Extension

February 22, 2021

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, emeritus professor, has had his journal article, "Extension-Led Demonstration: Grameen Microfinance Methods and Capital Access for Low-Income Female Entrepreneurs," accepted for publication and is in press by Clemson University Press for the Journal of Extension.

January 20, 2021

Dr. Mark EdelmanA $500,000 Wells Fargo grant has enabled Iowa Community Capital to increase its capacity to help small businesses, according to board chair Emeritus Professor Mark Edelman.

December 14, 2020

Mark Edelman, Sandy BurkeIowa Community Capital (ICC) received a $500,000 grant award from the Open for Business CDFI Program funded by Wells Fargo with a portion of the $400 million in fees earned from processing Paycheck Protection Program loans related to COVID-19 pandemic emergency relief response last spring and summer.

November 10, 2020

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark A. Edelman, professor emeritus presented "Extension Collaboration to Assist AgVets in Beginning Farm Operations & Connecting with Agri-Food Industry Opportunities" at the Emerging Research on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers virtual conference co-sponsored by USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, Nov. 9, 2020. 

October 01, 2020

Dr. Mark EdelmanTwo nonprofits led by ISU Ag Business alums will collaborate with ISU's Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Beginning Farmer Center; Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development (FFED) program, Area Farm Management staff, and Ag Ventures Alliance Co-op on a three-year $700,000 AgVets grant recently announced by USDA-NIFA. 

August 18, 2020

Earth Energy Renewables (EER) has been approved for a $4 million Department of Energy project collaboration with NREL, World Energy, Southwest Airlines, and Boeing to produce net zero biobased jet fuel for a first ever demonstration flight using the sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  

April 08, 2020

Dr. Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeMark Edelman, professor and ISU Community Vitality Center director, and Sandra Burke, senior researcher, facilitated Iowa Community Capital (ICC)'s collaboration with an emerging coalition of seven nonprofits that are developing an Iowa COVID Small Business Relief Fund Coalition to uplift the small business community throughout the state that has been harmed by the disaster.

April 02, 2020

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, is this year's recipient of the North Central Region's Excellence in Extension Award.

November 19, 2019

Dr. Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeIowa Community Capital was awarded a $139,000 grant from the U.S. Treasury CDFI Program to launch a Community Impact Co-Investment Equity Fund targeting promising ventures that locate in Opportunity Zones and other eligible Census tracts in rural and underserved areas.

November 04, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor and Community Vitality Center (CVC) director secured $255,000 in SBA and Wells Fargo grants for expansion of Solidarity Microfinance to Ottumwa.

September 24, 2019

Sergion Lence, Mark EdelmanProfessors Sergio Lence and Mark Edelman were  recipients of the university’s most distinguished awards and were honored Monday, Sept. 23, at the ISU Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Hall. 

August 20, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor and  director of the Community Vitality Center, presented "Iowa Rural Equity Project: Alternative Models for AgTech & Rural Angel Investor Networks," at the "Rural Capital and Innovations" session of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Rural Development Symposium, Gateway Conference Center, Ames, IA. August 15, 2019. 

June 17, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor & extension economist, presented "Alternative Models used by AgTech Angel Investor Networks in the Midwest USA," at the AgTech Angel Investor Forum in Cairo, Egypt, co-sponsored by VentureWell, Springfield MA, USDA, USAID, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Egyptian Development Fund, June 17, 2019.  

April 10, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, made a Community Reinvestment Act presentation to 40 bank compliance officers from across Iowa at a round table sponsored by the three federal regulators April 9, 2019.

April 03, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark A. Edelman, Professor and Community Vitality Center Director, presented a speech "Strategies for Entrepreneurial Rural Communities in Times of Uncertainty,"  to an audience of 175 at the Mitchell County Ag Breakfast on March 21, 2019.

March 27, 2019

Dr. Mark EdelmanISU Extension and Outreach has launched a new website for the Iowa Rural Equity Project featuring a series of video interviews with equity managers and experts from a dozen Iowa-based venture capital funds and angel investor networks interested in rural ventures.  

November 26, 2018

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark A. Edelman, professor and Community Vitality Center Director, presented "Selected Gaps and Strategies for Addressing Equity for Rural Ventures" as Moderator for a Panel Discussion on "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" at the Rural Capital Forum Lenders Summit, organized by the Rural Opportunity Initiative collaboration at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Nov. 15, 2018.  

August 02, 2018

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor and Community Vitality Center Director, completed the online 37 Angels Investor Bootcamp with founder Angela Lee, Associate Dean for Innovation, Columbia School of Business, Columbia University, NY, NY.

February 15, 2018

Dr. Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeA New Market Tax Credit and banking syndicate involving Iowa Community Capital (ICC) approved financing to upgrade operations for Simply Essentials LLC, an organic poultry processor located in Charles City, Iowa.

November 16, 2017

Mark Edelman, Sandry BurkeWells Fargo Foundation approved a $50,000 grant this past week to Iowa Community Capital (ICC) for use with its Solidarity Microfinance program targeting low-income minority women entrepreneurs in Des Moines.

October 31, 2017

Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, was contacted by Cheryl Tevis, freelance writer and contributor to Successful Farming, regarding the recent Stover Ventures announcement for a pilot plant in Osage, Iowa and other ventures in the Ag Ventures Alliance portfolio.

October 25, 2017

Mark Edelman, professor and Community Vitality Center Director, was a  co-presenter of  "Policy Outlook for Leaders: Future Prospects for Agriculture and the Farm Bill Debate" to the Masters in Agribusiness Management mid-career students at Kansas State University, Kansas City Campus in Olathe, Oct.

October 04, 2017

Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeOn Sept. 19, 2017, the U.S. Treasury announced 2017 Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund Awards which included an $80,580 Technical Assistance grant for Iowa Community Capital (ICC) to explore new financial products and new markets in serving target low-income populations in Iowa and collaborating states.  

September 27, 2017

Mark EdelmanThe Business Record reports that last week Senator Grassley's office informed Mark Edelman, professor, that the Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration has approved a Seed Fund Support Grant for $300,000 over 3 years to support the $600,000 project called the Iowa Rural Equity Project.

September 12, 2017

Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, gave an invited seminar, "Converting CO2 Emissions, Coal and Biomass to Valuable Liquid Hydrocarbons," to the Secretary's delegation workshop, Ministry of Coal, Government of India at the 4th Post Combustion Carbon Capture Conference on Sept. 6, 2017.

September 05, 2017

Ag entrepreneurship week proclamation Governor Kim Reynolds on Monday signed a proclamation marking the week of September 24-30, 2017 as Agricultural Entrepreneurship Week, urging citizens to "appreciate and acknowledge the value agricultural entrepreneurs provides for our people, communities, and state as well as for the rest of the world."

June 15, 2017

Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, presented to the Clean Innovation Investor Forum & Carbon XPRIZE Summit June 12-13, 2017:  Wooley, John and Mark A. Edelman.  "Converting CO2 to Valuable Liquid Hydrocarbons."

May 15, 2017

Dr. Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeMark Edelman, professor and Sandra Charvat Burke,  assistant scientist, presented "Extension Microfinance Partnerships for Developing Low Income Minority Women Entrepreneurs in Small Metro Neighborhoods Using Grameen Peer Group Methods" at the National Urban Extension Conference in Bloomington, MN, May 11, 2017.  

February 28, 2017

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, was interviewed by Joe Gardyasz, the Business Record, for the story "Small Loans, Big Dreams" on Mark Edelman and Solidarity Microfinance.

December 15, 2016

Dr. Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkeThe U.S. Treasury informed ISU Community Vitality Center Director, Mark Edelman that Iowa Community Capital has met the requirements for certification as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

November 01, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanThe Iowa-led EE-AGG team, a collaboration of rural investors, business leaders and engineering companies, announced that it has been named as one of the 27 teams advancing in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop breakthrough technologies...

September 28, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, co-authored a column with Barry Flinchbaugh, Kansas State, titled "Trade Myths and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Strategy." It is the second of a series of invited columns for Agri-Pulse Point-Counterpoint on trade.

September 23, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, will present a seminar Sep. 27 for the Bioeconomy Institute program in connection with the delegation visit by faculty from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.  

August 11, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, with Barry Flinchbaugh, emeritus professor, Kansas State University, was invited by AgriPulse Communications to write an opinion piece entitled "Trade Agreements: Good or Bad?"

August 01, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanEdelman, Mark. "Addressing Rural Equity Capital Gaps for Strategic Development." selected paper presented at Community Development Society (CDS)...

July 25, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, was interviewed by ISU News Service about the Solidarity Microfinance program.

June 13, 2016

Mark Edelman, Sandra BurkePaper Presentation:  Edelman, Mark  and Sandra Charvat Burke. "Solidarity Microfinance: A Case Study Demonstration of Building Dialogue and Opportunity with Peer-Group Lending Using Grameen Methods."

May 04, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanSolidarity Microfinance, one of the Community Vitality Center's continuing projects, was mentioned in an article in the Des Moines Register.

May 04, 2016

Dr. Mark EdelmanMark Edelman, professor, presented an Economic Development workshop seminar titled: "Capitalism Doesn't  Work Without Capital: 3 Strategies for Assessing and Addressing Local Gaps and Opportunities"