• News for Economic

    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Iowa employer health insurance premiums increased an average of 8.4 percent from 2017 to 2018, according to the 2018 Iowa Employer Benefits Study(c), the 19th study conducted by David P. Lind Benchmark of Clive, an employee benefits research firm. The 8.4 percent increase is an average that factors in employers receiving no change, an increase or decrease in their premiums. During the similar ...read more
    Categories: Economic, News
    Monday, October 30, 2017
    It’s uncertain whether the Trump administration can resolve its negotiating differences with Mexico and Canada in regard to NAFTA. What is becoming clear, though, is that a failure of negotiations and a U.S. attempt to withdraw from the agreement would raise big complications and concerns, including for Midlands agriculture. First, there’s considerable debate over how much legal authority a ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Economic
    Thursday, October 26, 2017
    The Outlets of Des Moines held a grand opening Friday for Iowa’s new $100,000,000 outlet mall. There are 60 stores to choose from, with everything from household items, shoes, and clothing. Altoona officials say they're excited to be neighbors, and expect more economic impact coming into the area to benefit everyone.FULL STORY
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Women make up just 22 percent of CEOs and less than 20 percent of corporate boards of directors. The executive female talent gap is real, and that’s why it’s critical to champion women throughout their careers.   Having more women in leadership helps our economy grow strong and our communities become even more vibrant. In Iowa, we’re fortunate to have a public-private initiative called the ...read more
    Categories: News, Political, Economic
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in last year's election, Charles E. Grassley is in a better position than most other Republicans in Congress to tighten the screws on the Trump administration. So President Trump raised eyebrows when he telephoned the senior senator from Iowa at the end of August. The topic of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, News
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has awarded Central Iowa Works a three-year, $300,000 grant to support efforts in Greater Des Moines to expand opportunities in the retail sector. Greater Des Moines is one of three metro areas, along with Baltimore and Seattle, to receive the grants, which were made possible by a grant to the National Fund by Walmart Stores Inc. The grants will be given ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, News, Education
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday a set of programs designed to encourage Iowans to pursue education and career training opportunities beyond high school is her "top priority" going into the next legislative session.  Among those programs she's championing is a new scholarship and grant program for Iowans who already have earned at least half the credits necessary for a bachelor's degree in a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Political, News, Education
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    There is a lot of discussion today about some of the tools states, counties and cities use for economic development. Some of the things I hear are inaccurate. As someone who served on the board of the Tax Research Council from the 1970s through the early 1990s, who served for 10 years on the board of the Iowa Department of Economic Development in the 1990s and who today serves on the board of ...read more
    Categories: Economic, News, Political
    Friday, October 20, 2017
    In arguing for a bigger slice of the state’s funding pie, Iowa’s public universities have painted themselves as economic engines that launch companies, create jobs, generate resources for scientific exploration and monetize research. A new Board of Regents report backs that up, showing Iowa companies in the 2017 budget year generated $14.1 million in revenue as a “direct result” of research on ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, News, Economic
    Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    Rural Iowa is struggling. Towns and schools are shrinking. And farming, rural Iowa's historic economic mainstay, is going through a downturn that's likely to continue through next year, economists say. What can Iowa do? Iowans offered some thoughts Thursday during an event sponsored by The Des Moines Register and the Iowa Rural Development Council at the Clay County Fair in Spencer. The ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Education, Iowa News
    Thursday, October 05, 2017
    Some Iowa industries — manufacturing in particular — could lose workers if federal protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are removed, state business leaders say. President Donald Trump announced recently he will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program implemented under former President Barack Obama. Under DACA, federal law enforcement officials do ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    Like our cellphones, the world is continuously “updating” and advancing further into a more technologically based system. In order to remain up-to-date, Iowa’s STEM advisory council works to connect educators and business leaders across the state to move the state forward through STEM programs. STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has become extremely important in today’s ...read more
    Categories: Economic, News, Education
    Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    For weeks, Angela Harrington had been getting the same question: when would the Hotel Grinnell open? That answer is now. In an effort spanning at least 10 years, city leaders and Harrington had been trying to figure out how to open a hotel downtown. After the City Hall moved out, things began to fall into place, including an investor partner and some assistance from a state program. “The ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Human Interest, Iowa News
    Monday, October 02, 2017
    Amazon's announcement last week that it would open a second North American headquarters sparked a national competition among states and cities looking to secure one of the largest economic development projects in history. The new headquarters would not replace the current company base in Seattle. But it promises to deliver as many as 50,000 jobs that on average pay more than $100,000 per year. ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Iowa News
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    The Iowa Transportation Commission approved grants and loans for three rail development projects at its meeting today. DOT Rail Development Manager Laura Hutzell says a rail project in north Iowa to bring freight service to Clear Lake was awarded a loan of $655,000. “It actually goes from Emory, Iowa to Clear Lake, Iowa. There’s a rail line up there that is doing some rehab. There’s a section ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Iowa News
    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, sits on the state's eastern border. Head west on I-80 for 45 minutes and you'll hit Lincoln, Nebraska's second largest city. Both cities have burgeoning tech-startup scenes, are raising capital and funding, and are making impressive contributions to the Silicon Prairie as a whole.  But what the two cities haven't figured out yet is how to work together to ...read more
    Categories: News, Community, Economic, Education
    Monday, September 25, 2017
    Five months after Johnson County's first-in-the-state minimum wage increase was nullified by the Iowa Legislature, many employers are still paying higher wages.  Peter Fisher, a researcher at the nonprofit Iowa Policy Project, said there is a combination of reasons leading businesses to continue paying higher wages despite the law change. Those could include the social benefits of publicly ...read more
    Categories: News, Economic, Iowa News