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Wind turbine and blade makers grow Corn Belt jobs

WEST BRANCH, Iowa -- Were it not for the National Park Service's requisite brown sign directing highway travelers to the nearby Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, there would be nothing outwardly remarkable about this gas-and-go exit along Interstate 80 in the heart of Iowa flyover country -- but looks deceive. As home to wind turbine manufacturer Acciona Windpower NA, West Branch has emerged as one of a handful of Midwestern communities on the vanguard of the U.S. clean energy economy.


Iowa prepares a bumper crop of wind energy professionals

To the academic mind of P. Barry Butler, Iowa's success as a wind energy producer rests on a three-legged stool. There are the nearly 3,000 wind turbines sprouting from farm fields across the state, producing renewable energy for Iowa's power grid and generating millions of dollars in revenue for farmers who once tethered their livelihoods to the price of corn and soybeans.


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