Insight On Business the News Hour

A Watershed Festival? No, Really!

Water is on the mind of nearly every person in the Greater Des Moines Metro...and across the state. Eight years ago ecologist Darren Fife started a clean-up project along Walnut Creek a small stream that travels from rural to urban and empties in the Raccoon River. That event, with just a dozen or so people, has now evolved into a two day festival scheduled for October 6th and 7th in Clive and Windsor Heights, Iowa. This passion then started Darren on his mission to create a new business EcoSource Iowa. Here Darren talks about the Walnut Creek 8th Annual Watershed Festival and what you can expect. 

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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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 Iowa State Education Association - What It Means for Iowa

Over the next two months each school teacher (union and non-union) in Iowa will be forced to make a choice for their future and the future of education in Iowa. Tammy Warow is the President of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) and here, in this extended interview, we talk about the history of the ISEA, Chapter 20 and how it came to be and then discuss what the Iowa Legislature did, or is trying to do, to cripple the ability of teachers in Iowa to collectively bargin with their school boards. "We are in a fight for this profession." Serious words for serious times... 

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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Housing and the Economy with Lance Hanson

On the national scene the housing market is taking a hit. Everything from a lack of labor to new tariffs being placed on building materials is driving costs up...and up. Meanwhile, on the national level, home sales hit a slump last month. How does all of this relate to home building and home pricing in the Des Moines Metro? We reached out to Lance Hanson our regular contributor from Re/Max Real Estate Concepts and asked those questions and more...

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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Iowans Supporting Israel An Event

This is not political but it is economics. On Thursday the 17th starting with a lunch at 11:30am Iowans Supporting Israel will meet at the Iowa Bar Association on Court Street in Des Moines. (While this conversation with Harlan "Bud" Hockenberg talks about "tomorrow" the event is Thursday.) Here "Bud" talks about the economics of the Iowa/Israel relationship and invites you to attend the event on Thursday the 17th where Rep. David Young (R-IA) will speak about his recent trip to Israel. The event is free and open to the public. Our thanks to "Bud" Hockenberg for taking some time to share this with us. 

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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IPERS and Iowa Workers

There is a saying in the media world that "bad news sells". When it comes to the Iowa Public Employees Retirement System (IPERS) there has been so much bad information that it's hard to figure out if IPERS is on the verge of collapse or if it is a healthy vehicle that, founded in 1953, continues its mission to provide not only a good retirement but also a positive vehicle to hire and retain top quality teachers. Here Donna Mueller the CEO of IPERS and Matt Carver an IPERS Advisory Board Member talk about the financial stability of the program. Also of the $1.8 billion IPERS pays out each year to retirees $1.6 billion stays in...Iowa. Let's dig in shall we? 

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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Iowa Student Loan - The Back-Story

If you have listened to the news portion of the Business News Hour you've heard many stories about the debt load so many have due to their student loans. You've heard that Iowa ranks in the top ten when it comes to loans for college and you've heard about how this debt can cripple graduates, parents and even grandparents. We reached out to Iowa Student Loan a non-profit that oversees the process here and Steven McCullough the President and CEO of the organization carved out some time to be with us. Perspective students, students, parents and grandparents should listen...it's an education. 

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 Business of SHAZAM with Patrick Dix

Longtime television news broadcaster Patrick Dix left the media to join SHAZAM an Iowa based payment system that has been in place for over four decades. Yet, many in Iowa are not aware of that or what they actually do. Here we talk about business owners, various credit card and debit card payment systems, community banks and credit unions, card technology and creating an even playing field for access to your money. A great conversation for consumers and business owners alike. 

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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Business Networking Events with Laura Kinnard

Each week Laura Kinnard joins us to share her top picks of business networking events happening in the Des Moines Metro. You can find her list on The Des Moines Biz Mixer website and if you want to have her list your business networking event post to Twitter using #DMBizEvents. See how easy all of that was? 

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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