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Metro Uniform Building Codes - With Capital Crossroads

Over the past several years officials and stake-holders have joined together to come up with building codes that are more uniform from metro community to metro community. With us, from Capital Crossroads is Director Bethany Wilcoxon, from the Des Moines Fire Department the Fire Marshall Jonathan Lund and from the City of Johnston City Administrator Jim Sanders. We talk about the role Capital Crossroads has had in this initiative and what it means for development. 

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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Hubbell Development with Kris Saddoris

We spend some time with Kris Saddoris the Vice President of Development with Hubbell Development one of the longest running companies in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Here we talk about housing needs, "missing-middle-housing", the new development south of MLK, the success in Grinnell and much more. One question, "With over 2,400 apartments on the schedule to be built will that be over-built?" Listen in!

The award winning 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 5:00pm 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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The Des Moines Metro Real Estate Market with Lance Hanson

The two words that describe not only the real estate market in the Des Moines Metro but nationwide are "Inventory Shortage". In other words...if you have been thinking of selling your home NOW is the time to list it In this interview with Lance Hanson a broker/owner of Re/Max Real Estate Concepts we talk about how the national real estate market mirrors what is happening right here at home. He's got some tips for the home seller as well as the home buyer. Wise words from a veteran in the real estate business.

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 5:00pm 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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Home Theater Concepts - Small Business Spotlight

If you love movies and the sound that was meant to be part of that experience than Shawn Woolman is somebody you need to meet. Six years ago he bought Home Theater Concepts, based in Urbandale, and today his efforts have brought entertainment and joy to dozens of households from Iowa to Colorado. Home Theater Concepts is in our Small Business Spotlight. Roll the tape!

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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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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