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Welcome to the Iowa Innovation podcast powered by NewBoCo, where we uncover the incredible stories of individuals revolutionizing Iowa through their innovative pursuits. Join your hosts, Rob Merritt and Anthony Betters, as they engage in captivating conversations with visionary entrepreneurs, trailblazers, and passionate individuals who are making a significant impact. Every week, our guests inspire us with their groundbreaking ideas and transformative initiatives, showcasing the immense potential for innovation within the great state of Iowa. 

Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Van Meter, and to our media sponsor, Upload Media Group! 

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Rob Merritt

Rob Merritt is the Director of Communications at NewBoCo. A graduate of the University of Iowa, Rob spent more than a decade in newspaper journalism before turning to marketing and communications. Since then, Rob has created award-winning video, photography and writing work for nonprofits including Theatre Cedar Rapids, the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Riverside Theatre, and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Also a book author, screenwriter and playwright, Rob is proud to be telling stories here in Iowa.

Anthony Betters, Jr.

Anthony Betters, Jr.

Anthony is NewBoCo's Community Engagement Manager, helping to build partnerships and entrepreneurial programming in other Iowa communities. Originally from Waco, Texas, he moved to Cedar Rapids to help start an in-home healthcare company, which he ran for 4 years. Along with his lovely girlfriend, Cynthia, he is a dad/stepdad to three kiddos in the house: his baby Brylee, Mariah, and Jacob. Anthony feels privileged to pursue his deep passion for helping the community he lives in.