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Iowa moves a step closer to accepting other states’ professional licenses

BY: - February 11, 2020

Iowa would recognize professional licenses and certifications from other states, potentially making it easier for Iowa employers to hire workers in a tight labor market, under a bill approved by a legislative subcommittee Tuesday.  Senate File 2114, introduced by Sen. Waylon Brown, R-Osage, drew mostly favorable comments in a subcommittee meeting Tuesday before Brown announced […]

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Economist: Iowa needs new policies to save rural areas

BY: - February 11, 2020

The latest round of poor-to-average ratings for Iowa in a key business index is more evidence that Iowa has struggled economically after recovering from the last recession, an Iowa State University economist said.  But two key business-group leaders said a group of bills in the Iowa Legislature, combined with local programs and possible changes in […]

Amazon is coming. What happens to Iowa’s malls and local stores?

BY: - February 6, 2020

Amazon, the online retail giant, officially announced Thursday that it’s opening one of its fulfillment centers in Bondurant — months after city documents and reports pointed to its expected arrival in Iowa. The arrival of the shopping behemoth brings along an expected 1,000 new jobs for the Des Moines metro and opportunities for same-day shipping […]

Need for diverse population remains focus of annual business report

BY: - February 6, 2020

The need to grow Iowa’s population and expand diversity is again a focus of the Iowa Business Council’s annual report on the state’s competitiveness. “As in 2019, still the largest opportunity for growth is definitely focusing on the talent pipeline we have in the state, training and upskilling our current population as well as attracting […]

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Retirement is a luxury – and a right, older Iowa women say

BY: - January 27, 2020

Iowa women age 50-plus talk about retirement

Iowa senators consider allowing guns on school, business properties

BY: - January 23, 2020

Employers who don’t want guns on their property may not have a choice under a new bill that moved forward in the Iowa Senate on Thursday. It would require employers to allow permit-carrying employees to keep a concealed weapon in their locked vehicles. The bill states that an employer cannot ban a permit-carrying employee from […]

Langston named to lead FuelIowa

BY: - January 17, 2020

Ronald Langston has been named president and CEO of FuelIowa, effective Jan. 20. He succeeds 25-year organization veteran Dawn Carlson, who will leave in February to focus on her family and her equestrian business, River Heights Ranch. FuelIowa is an industry group aiding and promoting business in gasoline, diesel, propane, ethanol, biodiesel and other liquid […]

Partnership plans push for DM airport terminal expansion

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Central Iowa’s main economic development group, has announced it will push for state government and other assistance for a proposed $200 million overhaul of the Des Moines International Airport. That project would include a new terminal airport managers say is needed because the current facility, built in 1948, is too […]

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USCMA gets final Senate approval, awaits president’s signature

BY: - January 16, 2020

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement Thursday, sending the historic pact to President Trump for his signature. The agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) but has some similarities to it, is big news in Iowa. Canada and Mexico are the top markets  for Iowa goods and commodities. Gov. Kim […]

Legislators call governor’s agenda ‘bold’ but stop short of pledging passage

BY: - January 14, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday announced what may be her most ambitious agenda to date, centered around a one-cent sales tax increase that would be offset by cuts in income taxes, property taxes and other state revenue streams. Her proposals focus significantly on workforce development, environmental challenges and mental health, but also delve into abortion […]

Jennifer Easler named consumer advocate

BY: - January 13, 2020

Jennifer Easler has been appointed consumer advocate for regulated utility issues, replacing Mark Schuling, who retired Jan. 10, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced. Easler, an attorney in the office since 1996, must be confirmed by the Iowa Senate. She will oversee a staff of 14 people who investigate services regulated by the Iowa Utilities […]

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Iowa Legislature 2020: IWILL or IWON’T?

BY: - January 13, 2020

IWILL or IWON’T?  That’s a dilemma for Iowa Republican legislators as they open their new session in an election year that could challenge their majority. Will they raise the state sales tax a penny to pay for expensive water quality and mental-health programs? Or won’t they? Here are a few factors lawmakers may consider as […]