Insight On Business the News Hour

Immigration and The Greater Des Moines Partnership

Here we visit with Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership about DACA (Dreamers), Immigration Laws, Congress, Regional Jobs, the Economy and a group known as The New American Economy. What is the impact of foreign born workers here in the Des Moines Metro and why have so many moved to our region?  All asked and answered...

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 Ever Changing Job Market, Business and Technology with Brian Waller

Everything is changing and at a rapid pace. Here we explore how technology has invaded every aspect of our lives and our businesses. How that change has altered how we market, advertise and learn. Brian Waller is the President of the Technology Association of Iowa and we talk about all of those issues and the lead role Iowa has in the world of transformational technology. Truly interesting radio. 

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 Water Works Foundation

We've all heard about the Des Moines Water Works, the folks who bring water to thousands of Metro businesses and residents but...what do you know about the Des Moines Water Works Park Foundation? Here Sam Carrell the Executive Director of the foundation and Hannah Inman the Board Chair talk about the fifth largest municipal park in the nation, a bit of surprising history and the multi-million dollar campaign to upgrade and redevelop some 1,500 acres in the middle of Des Moines. Think economic development and water.

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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Young African Leadership Initiative and Drake University

Proof that we live in a global economy. This summer 25 young people from Africa are in Des Moines and taking part in YALI the Young African Leadership Initiative. Our contributor Laura Kinnard of Drake University has been working with them on their business plans which they hope to take back to their home countries and implement. With us in studio is Elizabeth Kasujja from Uganda. Her grandmother was a princess. Her business is a healthy drink called Sante and she is using that to support her Social Entrepreneurial organization called Clear Your Mind focused on access to mental health care and depression treatment. Sarah Sangara is from the Congo. Her business is empowering women with children by loaning land to and teaching them how to grow soybeans to provide support for their families needs and to send their children to school. Her other concept is to build a website that promotes entrepreneurs and the positive things going on in the Congo. Her grandfather was a King. We think you'll truly enjoy this conversation! 

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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Creating Opportunities with the Ag Tech Accelerator

"Perhaps the only surprise is that this program wasn't started long ago." Those are the words of Megan Vollstedt the Executive Director of the Iowa Agri Tech Accelerator which is part of the Cultivation Corridor. Here we talk about what the accelerator hopes to accomplish by giving agricultural startups a platform to grow their ideas and take them to market. Strap in...Megan is truly on fire for agriculture and this new adventure.

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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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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Working Families Summit - Iowa with Charlie Wishman

Two years ago the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL/CIO put together the Working Families Summit and it was a huge success. They, and many more sponsors, are back for the 2017 Edition which will be held in Ames, Iowa on 10 June starting at 9am. Here is more information about the event. In this conversation with Charlie Wishman we talk about why this gathering is happening, what it hopes to accomplish and more. To fast forward and register (it's FREE) just click this link. Thanks for listening!

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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We WANT To Hear from YOU!

We don't ask for much. Every day we write the business news of the nation and region and provide long-form business interviews with established firms to startups. It's what we do. Today however, if you live or work in a 50 mile radius of Des Moines, we'd ask you to take a few minutes and fill our this survey from the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The survey period ends at 5pm on 1 June and what you say matters. Learn why this is important during this conversation with Mary Bontrager from the Partnership...and then, take the survey! Thanks! 

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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Anna Maria Island Chamber - Deb Wing

With over 600 members the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce dwarfs many of the same size communities in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Three communities make up the tiny sliver of an island that has roughly 10,000 inhabitants. We visit with Deborah Wing the president of the local chamber about business, living and working on Anna Maria...

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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