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    Monday, January 14, 2019
    To help retirees find a safe, enjoyable and wallet-friendly place to call home, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from adjusted cost of living to weather to quality of public hospitals.  Retiring in Iowa (1=Best; 25=Avg.)15th – Adjusted Cost of Living7th – Elderly-Friendly Labor Market13th – % of Population Aged 65 & Older18th – Property-Crime ...read more
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    Thursday, January 03, 2019
    WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of five key metrics, ranging from each state’s share of federal jobs to federal contract dollars per capita to the share of families receiving food stamps.  Impact of the Government Shutdown on Iowa (1=Most Affected, 25=Avg.):48th – Share of Federal Jobs36th – Federal Contract Dollars Per Capita45th – Real Estate as a ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 02, 2019
    Johnson County and its municipalities are growing quickly. Between 2010 and 2017, Johnson County's population grew by 21,562 people — 25.9 percent. With rapid growth comes demand for new development.  The coming year is not short of big projects - whether in the planning, groundbreaking or finishing stages. Reporters Zach Berg and Zachary Oren Smith dive into the projects that will define 2019 ...read more
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    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    Younkers department stores went under. Wells Fargo contracted. And factories at both Lennox International and Vermeer were battered by tornadoes.  Through it all, many employers struggled to find workers as the U.S. continued to enjoy one of its longest ever economic expansions. Here are the business stories that made headlines in 2018:Even amid a labor crunch, Iowa workers saw little movement ...read more
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    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    Iowa's surging economy is bringing hard times to many of the state's private colleges and universities. As Iowa's unemployment rate continues to fall — its 2.4 percent rate in October was the lowest since March 2000 — the state's private, liberal arts colleges are taking a hit, with enrollment falling and revenue margins shrinking. “Higher education moves opposite the economy,” said Kent ...read more
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    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    State education officials say more than 340 Iowa schools have been identified as struggling. The Iowa Department of Education said in a report released Tuesday that 34 schools need comprehensive improvement for all students and 307 need targeted support for some student groups. The department says the schools’ students are not meeting state benchmarks for learning and growth. The new Iowa ...read more
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    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    The statewide 1 percent sales tax has been a boon for public schools, with much of the proceeds put into remodeling and rebuilding them. As school districts near the final decade before the end of the tax, officials see an increasing importance in continuing it beyond 2029. Extending the sales tax “is one of the biggest priorities of all the school boards across the state,” said Lisa Bartusek, ...read more
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    Thursday, December 13, 2018
    Newton's RAGBRAI committee says they're donating $35,000 that was leftover race money to local non-profits, organizations and projects.  "It's a warm fuzzy moment, I mean you can't get any better than being able to give back to everybody who helped," said Amanda Price, Executive Director of Newton Chamber of Commerce. 'Tis the season to be thankful has a whole new meaning for folks in Newton. ...read more
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    Friday, December 07, 2018
    To determine which states fight the hardest against elder abuse, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of elder-abuse, gross-neglect and exploitation complaints to presence of financial elder-abuse laws.  Elder-Abuse Protections in Iowa (1=Best; 25=Avg.)7th – Elder-Abuse, Gross-Neglect & Exploitation ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    Two top state officials Thursday pointed to the uncertainty caused by international trade talks and the depressed farm commodity prices associated with them as the main factors currently preventing Iowa’s economy from achieving its growth potential. Escalating costs, lost market share and declining exports associated with tariffs and trade-war talk between President Donald Trump and other ...read more
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    Thursday, December 06, 2018
    Local entrepreneurs can learn more about an Iowa program that helps women, minorities, veterans and people with disabilities run a small business. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Iowa's Targeted Small Business, or TSB, program will host a networking night, at EnviroNet, 1225 E. River Drive, Davenport. The event is open to small business owners participating in the TSB program and those interested ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 04, 2018
    he Ames Economy is continuing to move forward at a brisk pace. At the Ames Economic Outlook Breakfast on Tuesday, The Ames Chamber of Commerce members heard about positive developments in the Story County Economy. “In the last 15 months, on projects that the Chamber and the AEDC has worked on 623 jobs, 636,687 square feet,” said Ames Chamber President, Dan Culhane. “Here’s the number everybody ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    The Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1918, is marking its 100th year as a promoter of economic and community development. It has had different names over the years and has moved a number of times, but it’s been “pushing” issues for a century. In the years immediately after its formation, the chamber led the successful community effort to have the Lincoln Highway routed through Cedar ...read more
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