Water. It seems that every day, for the past two months we've had a business news story about...water. Today we look at the economics behind the Walnut Creek Watershed Program with Clive City Councilperson Susan Judkins and from RDG Planning & Design Gregory Pierce who speaks to the many levels of incorporation from business owners to contractors to homeowners in Dallas and Polk Counties.
Each Monday our friend Laura Kinnard comes by the studio to share her top picks for marketing and #networking events. And, this week we start to look at some public chamber events in the Metro.. Find out more on Twitter #DMBizEvents
The University of Iowa Venture School has launched a program in Ankeny, Clive, Urbandale, Waukee and West Des Moines searching for startups that might win a chance to enter the Venture School. To talk about this unique opportunity we visit with Wade Steenhoek from the U of I and Derek Lord of the City of Ankeny. Learn how these communities are working together to offer an amazing opportunity to Metro Startups:
New ways to do business disrupts the old business model. Think about how Uber and Lyft disrupted transportation models and now short term house rentals in place of hotels and motels are now disrupting that model as well as causing issues for city government. Our guest is Hele Spivack who manages a VHBO and is in town to present facts and issues to the City of Des Moines. Here is that story:
Our guest is the principal of Golden Openings based in Urbandale and Kimberly Baeth, like many business people, saw a vacancy and built a very successful business helping in event management. In addition her company is holding a Regional Business After Hours for the benefit of the John Stoddard Cancer Center. We love hearing about cool business stories. Here you go!
Better listen up, lots of business networking and educational events scheduled for this week and here is Laura Kinnard to share with us her top picks from #DMBizEvents! Grab your calendar!
On Tuesday, September 15 the Young Professionals head to the Community Choice Credit Union for the YP Symposium. We asked Casady Brittain, co-chair of the event, to come by and tell us what's so special. And, know what? She did!
You can say what you want about how "big is better" but, in reality, being connected wins the day. Betty Ridout is from the Windsor Heights location of Bankers Trust. We talked about being truly "local", what it means to be invested in a community and how that investment is truly the capital of a community. Enjoy!
It's all about economic development but, make no mistake it just doesn't happen by accident. David Maahs is the Executive Vice President of the Greater Des Moines Partnership tasked with Economic Development. We asked him to share the pluses and the minuses he runs into each day as he promotes Central Iowa to others.
The book is called The Metropolitan Revolution - How Cities and Metros are Fixing our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy and the co-author, Bruce Katz, visited Des Moines to offer his insight on the link between Des Moines and Detroit, mobility, economic growth, what we've got right and what needs work. Here is a long-form interview that may surprise and inspire you to think differently or appreciate what we have today to build for tomorrow.