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Project Labor Agreements - Local Control?

When we first read about Project Labor Agreements (PLA) and SSB 1145 working it's way through the Iowa Legislature we were intrigued as to what it meant for business, tax payers and workers. Greg Spenner from Associated Builders and Contractors contacted our office with a request to come on the air and discuss the bill and his organization. We set a date for the studio interview. After reading the documents from Mr. Spenner we then reached out to the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council (ISBCTC) president Bill Gerhard and asked if he would join us for a "point/counter-point" conversation. When we informed Mr. Spenner of this his group declined the offer. That is the back-story to this conversation.

Our guests are Andy Roberts Business Manager of the Plumbers and Fitters Local 33 and ISBCTC Vice President and Bill Gerhard, President of the Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council. We discuss local control, safety, costs, apprenticeship programs and jobs. We think you'll find this interesting...

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour

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Missing Middle Housing with Dan Parolek

Recently Dan Parolek a principal with Opticos Design of Berkley came to town to discuss housing and what has become a trend in design/build. He titles his talk "Missing Middle Housing" and here he describes what it is, how it looks and the impact it can have on walkable communities and the sence of...community. Our thanks to the Iowa AARP for making Dan available to the Business News Hour.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Business of Commercial Real Estate Development

Millions of dollars of real estate development is going on here in the Greater Des Moines Metro...nearly every suburb of Des Moines is growing. One of the companies deeply involved in this resurgence is Hurd Real Estate of West Des Moines. We invite Richie Hurd, Vice President of the company to our studios to talk a bit about the family business, what's hot, how the company works and more. A peek into the back-story of commercial real estate for you.

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business broadcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5:05pm on AM-940, FM-104.5 and in HD at 103.3 HD2. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications through a business relationship with The Des Moines Radio Group. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

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The Story of Vintage Cooperative

Giving seniors an option beyond owning a home is not new. However Vintage Cooperatives, a project by Ewing Development, offers people an "ownership stake" in communal living while retaining independent activities of daily living. To date Vintage Cooperatives have opened several new properties and more are in the future. Here we visit with Shona Schmall and Tyler Cowman about the project and it's rapid growth.


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.  
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Architects Invade Des Moines!

It's not really an invasion but it is the 2016 Fall Convention for the American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter where 1,000 dreamers and designers and builders will be coming to Des Moines to talk trends and developments in architecture. In studio with us is Brent Schipper a principal at ASK Studio of Des Moines to explain more...


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Community Revitalization through Sustainable Renovation

The Green and Main Project is like nothing we've seen. At it's heart is a desire to take existing structures, re-purpose them with sustainable methods and rebuild neighborhoods and communities and towns. The historic renovation of the building at 800 19th Street in Des Moines will allow it to be returned to full use from service provision, education, community meeting and living space. 


The second portion of the Green and Main Project is a focus on women and supportive programs that take a holistic approach to wellness, birth and life issues. To that end husband Chaden Halfhill and wife Cosette Boone sat down with us to discuss the project and the Kickstarter Campaign which ends shortly. Here is that conversation.

 Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Housing Prices in the Nation and in the Des Moines Metro

Our guest is Shane Torres a broker/agent with ReMax Real Estate Concepts here in the Greater Des Moines Metro. We asked him about one of our lead stories of rising home prices, the interest rate and how business has changed over the past several years. Have a listen! 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.

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Transforming our Communities by Adding Value to Streets

This week former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist came to Des Moines to talk about how to add real value to our communities by altering how we use our streets. Listen to how he describes the benefits of better traffic flow, slowing down our vehicles and how that adds to property value and the sense of community. 

Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Colin Panzi on Metro Real Estate and Housing Issues

Our guest is Colin Panzi from Re/Max Real Estate Concepts. We met at a recent agent gathering and asked him to come on the Business News Hour to give his overview of the housing market in the Greater Des Moines Metro. He's also the leader of a "team". We asked what that was all about and why it seems to work so well.  Meet Colin:


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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Celebrating Professionalism - With National Winners from AIA

With us in studio is Mindy Aust from Substance Architecture and Carey Nagel of BNIM…they are here because each has been honored by the The American Institute of Architects for exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the profession early in their architectural careers. Here is our conversation:


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines.  Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.



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