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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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Dream Only Big Dreams - Kent Sovern on Community Development

The times are rapidly changing and a number of groups, including the Iowa AARP, are involved in some major projects that help build communities that are vibrant and approachable for people of all ages and abilities. Here Kent Sovern talks about thinking BIG and disrupting conventional wisdom to drive economic development. Oh and then there is also "Movies for Grownups".  We cover lots of ground here...enjoy. 

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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Capital Crossroads 2.0 with Bethany Wilcoxon

This week the Greater Des Moines Partnership launched Capital Crossroads 2.0. We wanted you to know more abouto this far reaching program that is designed to increase the livability of Central Iowa so we reached out to Bethany Wilcoxon the program director for a peak behind the curtain. How do you improve on the first effort and what did that bring us and what is in Capital Crossroads 2.0? Here, on our newsmaker line, is Bethany. 

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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Becoming a Targeted Small Business and What That Means

For years we have had hundreds of small business guests grace our microphones during the Business News Hour today we have a conversation with Jill Lippincott and Brooke Miller about how you might grow your business with the help of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Targeted Small Business Program. Who qualifies for TSB Certification? How do you get business contacts? Funding sources? We ask about that and much more. Here, for reference are some sites we discuss: IEDA-Targeted Small Business and the Iowa Source Link. And if you would like to DO BUSINESS with a Targeted Small Business here is a link to start your search

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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Cycling, Economics, RAGBRAI and The Bike Expo

We pack a bunch of information and fun in this interview with Mark Wyatt from the Iowa Bicycle Coalition and Scott Garner from RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). From trying to get Scott to fess up and share the 2017 RAGBRAI Route prior to the Route Party to the Bike Expo happening this weekend. We also talk about bicycles and public policy and how cycling has given many small rural communities a rebirth in their economic development. Told you...lots to digest here. Listen in. (Oh, and we had fun doing it!)

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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What to Do with $12.5 Million Asks MPO

Each year the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization receives money from the federal government. Now they want to know what projects YOU believe should be funded. With us is Zach Young from the MPO. We ask about where the funds come from, what communities have asked for funds and more. And, should you wish to comment in person there is a meeting on 24 January. Or to comment online here is that link. Listen...first.

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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Prairie Crest Capital - A Venture Capital Story

Given the fact that we talk to startups each week it's an interesting twist to visit about a startup venture capital group.  Meet Mark White and Barry Adams of Prairie Crest Capital who, not only, have decades of experience in investments but also have a passion to find and fund emerging businesses in the agriculture and technology fields. What better place in the Midwest than...Iowa. Listen in to their story...

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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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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Business and the Iowa Legislature

The Iowa Chamber Alliance presented their legislative wish list during a press event on December 1st. We asked John Stineman, the Executive Director for the Alliance, to join us for a conversation about taxes, corporate tax incentives and rural revitalization. We think it made for an interesting conversation as business asks for more from the Iowa Legislature.

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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