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Like you, John Deere understands the need for economic growth and how supporting community development can help make sustainable, lasting impacts.
That's why the John Deere Foundation works with local chambers of commerce and development groups to leverage the strengths of our communities, making them more attractive to potential employers. A thriving business environment with new and growing companies and added employment ultimately will improve the lives of all who live in the region.
At John Deere, we promote community development by contributing our time, leadership and dollars to a variety of worthy not-for-profit organizations and programs in the U.S. communities in which we have a presence.
In particular, community development activities are supported in the following Iowa regions and cities: Dubuque, Ottumwa, Quad Cities and Greater Cedar Valley.
While our primary relationships in the Human Services area are with United Way agencies, we also support other like organizations when appropriate.
With a mission to improve lives and make a positive impact in their individual communities, United Way organizations throughout the U.S. are supported by John Deere. Through United Way, we help promote the betterment and welfare of communities and residents where Deere has a major presence.
The company and our U.S. employees contribute to United Way chapters through annual campaigns at Deere facilities, often setting the pace for community-wide giving. In 2010, the John Deere Foundation made grants to United Way chapters of $1.8 million.
As part of our commitment to community betterment, John Deere supports strategic arts and cultural venues, both at the corporate and unit levels. Our long-standing commitment has been recognized by the Business Committee for the Arts, which acknowledges companies for "exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community."
Some examples of Deere's support of the arts and culture:
Bix Jazz Festival
Davenport, Iowa, is the home of the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. Held each year in late July, the festival perpetuates the music and memory of renowned jazz musician Leon "Bix" Beiderbecke, a Davenport native. Dixieland, swing and other jazz groups from across the country perform at the 4-day festival.
Quad Cities Cultural and Educational Supporting Charitable Trust
The John Deere Foundation is a founding member of the Quad Cities Cultural and Educational Supporting Charitable Trust, an organization formed to help support key cultural venues in the Quad Cities region, including the Figge Art Museum, the Putnam Museum, the Quad City Botanical Center, the Quad City Symphony, and River Music Experience.