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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. 

The Business News Headlines 12 April 2019

It's the business news headlines for Friday the 12th day of April, thanks for coming by. On the newscast today:

  • Markets move up on financials and entertainment;
  • Another retail chain in trouble;
  • Despite "fake news" and privacy issues social media still strong;
  • A company that knows if you are going to quit...before you say anything;
  • While Uber goes public drivers struggle to make a living;
  • GE pays a big fine;
  • 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang and the hologram story;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories an we'll introduce you to two young podcasters from Iowa City, Iowa. Michele Guild does "Welcome to My Podcast" podcast and Justin Comer does "I Hear I C" featuring artists from the Iowa City area. Both can be found on the new Iowa Podcast Network. Here is Michele and Justin...

And, because it's Friday we've got the managing editor of Cityview Magazine, Jeff Pitts with his list of "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Listen here

Thanks for coming by! 

What Is Your Strength - Meet Paul Allen

I knew, because this is what we do, that Paul Allen was one of the founders of Ancestry.com but what I didn't know was how his life has been impacted since becoming involved in the "Strengths Movement". (Didn't know there was such a ting...?) Paul has taken the decades old data about the 34 different strengths that are out there and now works with businesses to help them define hiring profiles. We all have different strengths and, according to Paul, those differences are what can make or break a company. Now his new company SOAR.com helps gather these Strengths Coaches all in one place.This is fascinating stuff...go!

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 3 April 2019

It's the business news headlines for today, Wednesday the 3rd day of April, thanks for being with us. Inside:

  • China and U.S. Trade moved the markets;
  • Some day Wells Fargo is in "disarray";
  • Amazon, under pressure, is tinkering with their private label items;
  • Another day another scandal with Facebook Data;
  • More retail woes this time in the Jewellery sector;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Our guest for The Interview is Kate Gabrielson the incoming president for AMA-Iowa, that would be the American Marketing Association - Iowa Chapter. Today we'll talk about her vision for the chapter, what works when it comes to marketing what needs some work and some trends.  Yeah, we're talking marketing and business. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 26 February 2019

Oh the headwinds of investing in volatile times. We'll kick it off with a look at what Wall Street took in today and what in the world happened to Home Depot and housing starts plus:

  • AT&T wins and the government loses;
  • No love loss between Elon Musk and the SEC;
  • Fiat Chrysler cutting jobs or are they really;
  • Arlington, Virginia is showing some backlash against the Amazon deal;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus in for The Interview is Karen Albritton from the Newport Board Group. We're going to be talking about change; what makes it so difficult, what are the dangers of sticking to a path that is running out of space, how does disruption figure in? Oh and that business of marketing and research/development of new ideas. Good stuff here and it's just a click away. To hear that conversation click here

Business News Headlines 20 February 2019

Thanks for coming by! We've got the top business news stories for you all on your time. No waiting...you can learn more about all of this by clicking through:

  • The Fed minutes had Wall Street guessing;
  • Southwest Airlines say the recent federal shutdown cost them millions;
  • But, that's just the start of troubles for Southwest;
  • There is a bank in Germany that is worried...very worried;
  • A new smartphone is coming and it's cool but can you afford it;
  • How smartwatches are helping save lives;
  • In Des Moines a new apartment building has trendy offices on the main floor;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today for The Interview we've got Cynde Cronin and Ned Flynn from Aureon HR talking about the high cost of workplace harassment. The numbers are stunning and, according to Cynde and Ned there is only one way to mitigate your losses. Plus they have a story that is hard to believe. To hear that conversation click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The High Cost of Workplace Harassment

There are so many areas of concern when it comes to workplace harassment. Here we talk about the rise of the Me Too Movement, the high cost of legal expenses, the rising cost of out of court settlements not to mention lost productivity and lousy public relations...it's enough to make you re-think business. And, maybe that's the idea. Here I visit with Cynde Cronin and Ned Flynn from Aureon HR about all of that and more. Plus, Cynde has a story that you are not going to believe. There is an answer to helping business mitigate exposure...and we'll share it. 

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 13 February 2019

The markets came off session highs today but still pulled out a gain. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 13th of February. Here is what we've got for you:

  • Wall Street is, again, hoping for good news;
  • The Universal Basic Income program by Andrew Yang gets tested;
  • A supplier of talc for Johnson & Johnson has filed for bankruptcy protection;
  • Beefing up benefits to attract and retain workers; we've got two stories;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street, we've got the numbers.

Those stories and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is in for the interview. We're going to talk about that idea of a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 for each American 18 to 65. To hear that conversation click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

We Talk Violicity Economics with Dr. Chris Draper - Part One

You've all heard of "supply side economics" where the top wage and income earners and corporations receive all sorts of financial perks that will, so the theory goes, then "trickle down" to workers and families. Except that hasn't worked out so well. In fact, says Dr. Chris Draper the author of Velocity Economics, "trickle down has never worked and will never work because it's upside down to what really should be happening. Take some time and learn more in the very interesting conversation. 

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 28 January 2019

Each weekday we check out the top business news stories and share those with you along with our long-form business interviews. Today we've got these stories on tap:

  • Eleven billion dollars means...what?
  • The markets opened lower and stayed that way we'll share why;
  • Apple products being made in the U.S. - We have an issue says the NYT...screws;
  • The Sears deal ain't over;
  • Medical Bills and GoFundMe a shocking story of health care in America;
  • Facebook getting tough with disinformation;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Those stories and we'll sit down with Georgia VanGundy the CEO of the Iowa Business Council and talk about how Iowa competes nationally in five very important areas. It's an economic report really worth hearing. To do that just click here

And, because it's Monday Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMBixMixer is in the house talking about upcoming business education and networking events in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Click here to listen.

Thanks for coming by!