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Rural Economic Development Success Stories with Bill Menner

He spent eight years driving the roads of Iowa delivering ideas and money to rural communities through the USDA. Now, in his role as business owner of the Bill Menner Group, Bill Menner is still passionate about finding ways to make our rural communities more sustainable. Here we talk about some success stories and what is needed for any rural community to move forward. Bill also shares the top concerns of most rural communities in Iowa and the Midwest. We also spend some time on the upcoming Rural Economic Development Summit coming in April to Grinnell. 

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 Trends, Apartment Vacancies and More with Re/Max Concepts

Each month we visit with Lance Hanson from Re/Max Concepts about the Greater Des Moines Housing Market, home prices here and across the nation and trends in the housing industry. Recently there was a local story that indicated a "glut" of empty apartments in Des Moines. Lance looked at the numbers and came away with a different story. Learn more about housing and housing opportunities here by taking a listen...

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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Real Estate Is It Overheated?

Each month we check in with Lance Hanson from Re/Max Concepts about the national and local real estate market. Over the past several week's we've reported on the price surge happening in various parts of the nation. What's going on here in the Des Moines Metro and what factors are responsible for driving prices up? We asked and Lance 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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Buying A Meth House? What You Don’t Know

A month ago I was sitting in a Windsor Heights City Council meeting and heard a frightening story about a family who nearly purchased a "Meth House" and the dangers that presents. Meet Sarah Trone Garriott and her story about the lack of transparency, regulations, training and a "buyer beware" incident that should scare us all. Also on this broadcast is John Krusenstjerna the owner of Iowa CTS Cleaners who travels across Iowa checking for meth infected housing and, sometimes, cleans them. Sometimes...

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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Entrepreneurship, Jobs, Flint and More with Congressman Kildee

This week TrustBelt 2017 by Conway Global came to Des Moines. Think of this event as a two day look at manufacturing, the new economy, jobs, technology and ground breaking ideas to enable economic growth in the 16 states that had been called the Rust Belt. Here we sit down with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) who represents the cities of Flint, Saginaw, Bay City and others and talk about everything from water in Flint to Shinola in Detroit. We think you'll enjoy his progressive, straight forward attitude about economic development there...and here. Besides, it was great to hang out with a fellow Michigander for a bit.

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 Metro Home Improvement Program

I was out meeting people in my community the other day and a resident asked me if there was a place where they could get some "help" in replacing old windows that were drafty. We went looking and found the Metro Home Improvement Program that serves several metro communities. Here Christine Gordon, the coordinator of the program based out of West Des Moines, talks about how it can help homeowners, how the program is structured, who qualifies, how much money can be allocated and how to make application online or by phone at 515-273-0770. What a great program for those who qualify. Listen and pass this along?

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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Age Based Architecture with Jeffrey Anderzhon

Here we talk about building sustainable structures that enhance a quality of life. Building for tomorrow is something that Jeffrey Anderzhon from Eppstein Uhan Architects keeps in mind when he plans and designs housing to homes to planned communities... We talk about the changing demographics, walk-ability 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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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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Real Estate Artificial Intelligence Meet Holmes

Time is one of the biggest enemies of real estate agents. Most agents spend loads of time with paperwork, showing homes, making appointments, doing open houses and managing what leads they can, when they can. Meet Holmes by Structurely and co-founder Nate Joens who joined Mike Colwell on our Newsmaker Line from San Francisco. Structurely and it's Holmes product were born here in Iowa and Nate with co-founder Andrew Dickelman will present at the upcoming Startup Stories hosted by SquareOne DSM on 16 August. Here Nate and Mike share how Structurely beats back the time crunch and answers perspective buyers in real time using artificial intelligence. Pretty cool stuff here!

 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, Housing Trends, Prices and Sales with Lance Hanson

Each month Lance Hanson from Re/Max Real Estate Concepts joins us for a conversation about housing and housing trends in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Today we also ask him about a recent national article written about the unique business model Concepts has with regard to their real estate agents. One other thing, are we on track with the rest of the nation when it comes to new home starts 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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