Ames Chamber of Commerce

Why Hannah Corey Chose Ames

Posted on 05/01/2019 at 09:00 AM by Allee Wengert

     Hannah Corey, Executive Assistant at Performance Livestock Analytics, graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Agronomy and minor in Entrepreneurship this past December.

     As a student, Corey had the opportunity to familiarize herself with the Ames business and start-up communities. Her entrepreneurship classes opened doors to visit with a variety of small business owners and explore the many different facets of taking a passion or idea and turning it into a reality. “There are so many communities within Ames,” she said. “There’s the student community, start-ups, tech companies, and small business communities that co-exist in unique harmony.”

     Corey first visited Ames when she was growing up in Lake City, Iowa. Her parents both attended Iowa State and met as students. She knew from a young age she wanted to study agronomy and the program at the university coupled with the Ames community made Iowa State an easy choice following high school graduation. She was offered a myriad of opportunities including an internship at Performance Livestock Analytics and travel experiences that took her to Greece, Costa Rica, Idaho, and Michigan. Through all of those experiences, Corey knew there was something special about Ames that she hasn’t found elsewhere.

     That something special brought Corey back to Ames only two months after graduation. She was offered the opportunity to return to Performance Livestock Analytics, a company with a product and culture that sparks passion and joy for her. “Everyone at Performance Livestock Analytics is committed to making the company successful and supporting our customers to the best of our abilities. Our dynamic leadership is dedicated to transparency and empowering employees to achieve their greatest potential,” she said. Corey gets to see the benefits of her company’s software firsthand—her dad is one of their customers. Sensing the impact Performance Livestock Analytics was going to bring to the livestock industry, he was the one who encouraged her to apply for an internship while she was in school. “Performance Beef has allowed us visualize our operation like never before. The software delivers powerful analytics that we use to make decisions, and has paid for itself many times over. It’s not often you see that significant of an impact in the livestock industry,” she said.

     Over the last several years Corey has enjoyed exploring Ames. Visiting the Ames Farmers Market her first summer here is one of her favorite memories as a student. “Ames has everything you need,” Corey said. “You can make it has big or as small as you want it to be. It’s easy to get involved in the community. I don’t think you could ever run out of opportunities in Ames.”

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