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The Affordable Housing Battle in Urbandale, Iowa

Everybody talks about it. "It" is affordable housing. There is a direct link between communities being able to provide affordable living conditions and economic development. And, there is a big impact that affordable housing has on filling jobs. With over 17,000 open positions in the Greater Des Moines Metro it's something that really matters. Affordable housing is on the short list of the goals espoused by the Greater Des Moines Partnership as well as one of the communities in this story. It's a story I stumbled on early this week and it has to do with the Merle Hay Mall, Anawim Housing and the City of Urbandale.  Let's get started.... 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

2020 Presidential Hopeful Secretary Julian Castro

We all know that Iowa is "ground zero" when it comes to the 2020 Presidential Election and this week former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro was in Iowa for another swing through the state. We caught up with him following a standing room only event sponsored by the Iowa Asian-Latino Coalition in Des Moines. Ten Minutes with Julian Castro: 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 5 April 2019

We're coming to you from the New York Press Association Annual Conference and glad you clicked through. Here is what's inside:

  • The jobs report and Wall Street;
  • They are behind on their car payments...who and why;
  • Behind the job numbers lurks something not so shinny;
  • Where do you go to get paid the most?
  • Who trusts social media and who doesn't;
  • Gen Z is welcomed into the economy - What do they want?
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus the role of print media in local communication. While many are saying print media is dead it's not...that is if you have the secret sauce. We talk with Walter Sanchez a board member for the New York Press Association and owner of BQE Media about that secret sauce, being hyper-local, advertisers, social media, community involvement and more about why Amazon left NYC.  Listen to that conversation here.

Thanks for coming by.

The Business News Headlines 4 April 2019

We're in New York for the New York Press Association Spring Convention...but, we're still workin'.  Today:

  • Wall Street stutters as we wait for a U.S./China trade deal;
  • The Bezos divorce is done..who got..what...we'll tell;
  • The median price of a U.S. home hit a record today;
  • Tesla stock tanked;
  • Motel 6 settled a lawsuit and at it's core was immigration;
  • Target employees to get a raise;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and our guest for The Interview is Paul Allen. Paul was one of the original founders of Ancestry.com and now is the founder of something called SOAR.com. We'll be talking about strengths...did you know there are 34 of them? How knowing what your strengths are or better yet the strengths of your fellow workers or employees can give you a leg up in business. Strap in it's a great conversation. You can hear that here!

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 26 March 2019

It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 26th of March...thanks, everybody, for being with us again today. Inside you'll hear about;

  • Investors still eyeing the global economy;
  • New car sales slump and it's not design issues;
  • More retail store closings;
  • Walmart seems to be winning at the curb and gaining new customers;
  • Ya know that iPhone update?  Better get to it;
  • Housing numbers are hurting;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today you are in for a major treat. His name is Mike Curtin and he's the CEO of something called the D.C. Central Kitchen a program that has served the Washington D.C. area for thirty years. But...it's not about just feeding people...that seems to be secondary. This is about delivering hope and purpose and a way out of poverty. Plan on listening to the end...it's a great story. To hear that story, click here

Thanks for listening! 

The D.C. Central Kitchen with Mike Curtin

There is so much packed into this conversation that make sooooo much sense. Meet Mike Curtin the CEO of the D.C. Central Kitchen an inspired 30 year old food program that is more, way more, than food.  You'll hear us talk about how Mike got into the food world and then we launch into defining "Social Enterprise" and how "Food will not end hunger but training will". My thanks to the Des Moines Area MPO for allowing us the time to interview Mike before his speech. You've really got to listen to this....it's really inspired stuff!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday starting at 5pm Central. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour.

The Business News Headlines 21 March 2019

It's Thursday and we've got the business news headlines for you. What happened and why that is so important. Here we go!

  • Some systems are suggestion...(gulp) recession;
  • The tax cut that is hurting the GOP;
  • Jean maker Levi came back to Wall Street and...did they;
  • Some Iowa TV stations are on the sale block;
  • No Dave & Busters but something close coming to the Merle Hay Mall;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today I go "Out to Lunch" with the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie. But before we order we sit down for "Quick Bites" - Three questions we ask every OTL guest. You can hear that...right here.

Then it's Out to Lunch at Jesses Embers as Mayor Cownie talks about the changing demographics of Des Moines, transportation, new  projects, quality of life, unemployment, and more. After 16 years as mayor it would seem he's still got a passion to do more. Frank Cownie as we go Out to Lunch and talk public policy. Click here to listen. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 15 March 2019

The end of another busy business week and stuff has been flying. Today we've got several retail stories, some car stuff and more. Click through for these:

  • Did Dollar General just give us a peek into the future of 2019;
  • What happened to Sears has happened before. Think W.T. Grant;
  • Walmart is rethinking their store layout;
  • Ford is cutting thousands more jobs...in Europe;
  • Tesla and the new SUV Model Y. Some are not pleased;
  • When public policy hurts tourism;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and, because it's FRIDAY we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview Magazine with us and Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Check that here. 

Thanks for listening and have a great weekend!

The Business News Headlines 11 March 2019

Wall Street snapped a five day losing streak today and we'll share with you why. It's the Business News Headlines for March 11, thanks for being here!  In the news:

  • Strong Retail Sales Data and Tech lifts the markets;
  • Boeing shares down a bunch, think air crashes;
  • President Trump released his 2020 budget and the U.S. House says it's dead on arrival;
  • How much money do Americans spend each day? Some surprising results;
  • New proposed rules are out regarding overtime pay;
  • Des Moines University set to leave the city and head to West Des Moines;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is in talking about business networking and education events this week and we've got a ton of them. To hear that, click this link.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 8 March 2019

Today marked the fifth day in a row the markets stumbled and that makes this the worst week for Wall Street so far this year. In other business news on this International Women's Day:

  • The Labor Department said the U.S. added only 20,000 jobs in February;
  • Cage Free Eggs are coming because you want them but...when?
  • Walmart is sending workers bonus checks about $225 per worker;
  • Fifteen things invented by women you might not know about;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and we get "weird" on a Friday-Fun-Day with Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine and our friend Parker Reed as we check out Stuff to DO in the DSMUSA Metro this weekend into next week. Do NOT expect anything serious coming out of this conversation. Hey, it's Friday! To hear that wacky stuff click here

Thanks for listening.