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NYT: World markets fall as coronavirus spreads

BY: - February 24, 2020

The New York Times reported that stock markets across the world fell early Monday as the deadly coronavirus continued to spread. By midday, markets in the United States and the United Kingdom were down about 3%, and stocks in Japan were down slightly. The Times reported that the disease outbreak had worsened in Italy and […]

Purina’s $140M expansion in Clinton leads projects receiving state aid

BY: - February 23, 2020

A $140 million expansion of Clinton’s Nestlé Purina pet food plant headlined projects that received state aid in Iowa Friday. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved two projects in Clinton that together are expected to create 157 new jobs and $142 million in capital investment in the Mississippi River town in southeast […]

Alive or dead?  An update on Iowa legislation after the first funnel

BY: - February 22, 2020

This week marked a key committee deadline in the Iowa Legislature known as the “funnel.” Most policy bills needed approval by a committee in either the House or Senate to remain eligible for debate this year. This so-called “funnel” deadline helps lawmakers prioritize their work by eliminating from consideration lower-priority proposals or those that lack […]

Wayne Ford: Hire ex-convicts or you are wasting my time

BY: - February 19, 2020

Wayne Ford couldn’t take it anymore. The retired state lawmaker and founder of Urban Dreams social services organization had listened to panelists and audience members talk for nearly an hour about how employers don’t hire African Americans, even as low unemployment makes it hard to find help. He wanted to bring a message home. “Let’s […]

Byers re-elected to head international business group

BY: - February 18, 2020

Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, has been re-elected to the board of an international business group. Byers will represent the United States chamber of commerce industry on the General Council of the World Chambers Federation of the International Chamber of Commerce. He is one of 20 representatives elected to represent chambers […]

WalletHub: Des Moines is 13th-best state capital

BY: - February 18, 2020

WalletHub has declared Des Moines as the 13th-best state capital, with a special nod to the Iowa capital’s affordability.  The new study paid most attention to the cities’ affordability, the economic well-being of residents, the quality of education and health, and quality of life.  Des Moines ranked fifth in the country in general affordability. Its […]

Iowa employers, religious leaders clash over religious freedom bill

BY: - February 13, 2020

Representatives of some of Iowa’s major employers squared off against religious conservative advocates for the third straight year over legislation to replicate federal religious freedom language in Iowa law. The federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act sets a higher court standard for consideration of cases in which government is alleged to burden a person’s exercise of […]

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