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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 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! 

Quick Bites with Mayor Frank Cownie

Before we settle down for lunch we do "Quick Bites". Three questions...each of our "Out to Lunch" guests gets the same three questions:  Book, Movie and Job. Here the Mayor of Des Moines, Frank Cownie, Iowa shares his thought about his those things and what about them impacted his life. We're at Jesses Embers with the Mayor for Out to Lunch but first, Quick Bites:

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 20 March 2019

If you've got ten minutes we'll get you up to speed on the business news headlines and you can always take it with you...the business news on YOUR time. Today:

  • The Fed holds interest rates down...isn't that a good thing?
  • FedEx has some scary words about the economy;
  • President Trump is out finding money for his "wall";
  • Disney closes the $71 billion deal with Fox;
  • Apple air-pods are new today;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Plus we'll talk podcasting with Stephen Meader who founded Podcast USA and started a bunch of state podcasting homes like Podcast New Hampshire, Podcast Iowa, Podcast Minnesota and more. You've got to listen. 

The Business News Headlines 19 March 2019

It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 19th day of March, 2019. Inside and just a click away we've got stories about:

  • China, investors and nerves;
  • Too many jobs, not enough people. It's a real deal;
  • Day two of the Lyft road show and it's going very well thank you;
  • Facebook settles some discrimination cases;
  • Peloton is being sued for over $150 million;
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus a conversation about yoga and the business of yoga. I get it, you can't go anywhere and not see folks that are into yoga...so what is it all about? Who does it? Why and what is the business model? Today in our Small Business Spotlight we'll introduce you to Mary McCarthy from Yoga by Mary. She's been in this space for nearly 20 years...long before it became fashionable. What is it all about?  Click through or click right here

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 Impact of Latinos on Business, the Economy and Politics

There are many changes happening in the United States and chief among them is the growing Latino population. With that change in demographics comes both opportunity and fear on the part of many who may not understand the culture. With me is Joe Henry an official with the League of United Latin American Citizens or LULAC. Formed in 1929 LULAC now has nearly 1,000 chapters across the U.S. and those groups are active in education, business, politics, immigration reform and more. Click through and learn more about LULAC and the Iowa Chapter LULAC 307 from our guest Joe Henry. 

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 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.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Business

This past weekend the Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, was in Iowa talking with folks that may be interested in seeing him run for president. He met with several party leaders including former Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (who last week said he would not run for the U.S. Senate against Sen. Joni Ernst) to talk and kick tires. I caught up with the Mayor at the Asian Latino Coalition event where he received a warm welcome from Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie and a crowd of roughly 75 people. After the photos and handshakes we sat down for this conversation and yes, I did ask about Amazon... 

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.