This week in We Create Here: Rural Iowa's economic connection to Adele, Robin Thicke and Lady Gaga?

Small town innovation at full swing at Kinze Manufacturing

Jennifer Hemmingsen
Published: February 16 2014 | 7:00 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:43 am in

Want to show them who's boss at the next pub quiz? Ask anyone to name the connection between Shell Rock, Iowa and pop music's A-listers, from Paul Simon to Adele to Lady Gaga and dozens of others.

The answer: Waverly native Wade Goeke, who set off years ago to find fame and fortune in Los Angeles, but returned to Iowa to cement his global reputation for making some of the best professional recording equipment in the business. B.A. Morelli  and Ben Kaplan visited Goeke last week to tour his company, Chandler Limited, and talk about what it takes to capture great sound.

Sarah continues the theme of small-town innovation with a profile of Kinze Manufacturing -- an island of innovation among the cornfields. Iowa USDA Rural Development State Director Bill Menner writes about that agency's programs to help rural innovators, and Steve Maravetz of the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council writes about what it is that's compelled all of us to create for tens of thousands of years.

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