Our guest is Bill Menner who has just a few months left in his appointment as the Director of Rural Development for Iowa from the United States Department of Agriculture. Here we talk about the impact USDA has on everything from housing to hospitals and the billions of dollars that has gone to bolster Rural Iowa. We think you'll find this fascinating.
It's time to re-think manufacturing in Iowa. Here Marketa Oliver from Iowa Workforce Development and Alex Monaghan from Elevate Iowa share what is going on in the area of jobs, careers and celebrating manufacturing in the Hawkeye State:
On the final day of the Iowa State Fair we caught up with Carrie Rankin from the Governor's STEM Advisory Council to talk about, not only their huge display area but also the reason this effort is so important to Iowa and our economy. As you will hear, sometimes you have to "grow your own" something Iowa has done for decades. Here is that conversation:
Here we introduce you to the newest Elevate Iowa - Advanced Manufacturing team member Alex Monaghan and Michele Farrell of Measured Intentions the marketing arm of Elevate Iowa for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. We learn more about the efforts to build interest and excitement into Iowa's manufacturing industry and more.
Today the Iowa Farm Bureau held an Economic Summit at their West Des Moines Headquarters. The person responsible for that event is Dave Miller the Research Director for the organization. We caught up with Dave on our Newsmaker Line to learn what he believes might be the big impact of Brexit on the farm economy and the economy in general.
We live in a global economy. For proof when there is a hiccup in China our markets reflect concern. Now the question for the Greater Des Moines Partnership is "Can Central Iowa compete on the world economic stage." The answer, according to our guest Kavi Chawla of Baton Global is a solid "Yes!" but we need structure. A great conversation...listen in.
It's an interesting family business that's been around for generations. Mike Wells joins us to talk about the beginnings of Wells Blue Bunny, where the name came from and what's this re-branding they've been involved with? We also talk about the Iowa Business Council and what that means for Iowa and Iowa businesses.
There is no lack of opportunity in Iowa and the association that has been on the front lines for business opportunity here is the Iowa Association of Business and Industry. Here to talk about that and the upcoming conference, "Taking Care of Business" and the Leadership Institute are Emily Schettler and Jessie Stewart. Listen in!
The Iowa Business Council yesterday released their First Quarter Economic Report and with us to break down the numbers is Elliott Smith the IBC Executive Director. Here is our conversation as to what the state's largest corporations and universities think about the future of our economy.
Our friends from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry are back to chat a bit about this year's Taking Care of Business Conference. Kim Didier from the Business Resources Department of DMACC joins ABI Vice President Kathy Anderson to give voice to this year's gathering in Sioux City. Some great things on the horizon as Iowa ABI attempts to offer true value to its members.