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Polk County Housing Trust Fund Today

There are so many positive things about living, working and doing business in Des Moines. Yet, we, like any other city, have issues that need addressing. Here is a conversation with Eric Burmeister from the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. We talk about affordable housing, wages and more. 

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 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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.

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Business News Headlines 21 May 2018

It's the Business News Hour coming to you this week from Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast of (now) sunny Florida. In our remote studios at The Island Coffee Haus.  In the news today. Trade war? What Trade War and the markets surged. Housing issues across the U.S. and in the DSM Metro continue to push prices higher. Got...savings? A stunning report out this morning. Airlines have a problem and it could soon be yours. Those stories and more along with a conversation with Eric Burmeister from the Polk County Housing Trust Fund and Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer on business networking and events in the DSM Metro.  Click through for the news. 

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 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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.

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Serious Hunger in Iowa a Conversation with Michelle Book

What does it mean to be "food insecure"? It's a good question and here Michelle Book from the Food Bank of Iowa shares with us the pain, frustration and health concerns that thousands of Iowans face each day. While Iowa feeds the world Iowans go hungry. Who are they, where do they live and what can we do about it? Good questions...here is Michelle from a conversation we had several months ago.

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 4:30pm here on Podbean, iTunesStitcher 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.

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Hilton Des Moines Downtown - The Convention Center Hotel

This spring the new convention center hotel the Hilton Des Moines Downtown will open it's doors to what is hoped some brisk business. Here we visit with Matt Felling the hotel general manager about what visitors to Des Moines, and those of us who live here, can expect. Matt has 36 years with Hilton and says this hotel is, by far, the most technologically advanced property he has been in. The hotel is a joint venture between the City of Des Moines and Polk County who have hired Hilton to run the adventure. Oh, and looking for a job? The Hilton Des Moines Downtown is hiring and here is a link to find out more and to make application and coming up in January there are two job fairs. Have 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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Economic Development, Roads and John Deere in Urbandale

As we look from community to community in the Greater Des Moines Metro each seems to be growing and moving forward in their own way. In this segment we talk with Curtis Brown, about Economic Development in the City of Urbandale, what the Urban Loop means for the community and the entire Metro. Then it's on to technology and John Deere and a discussion about the local option sales tax. Learn more by listening...good radio 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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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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Historic Waveland Golf Course with Rocky Sposato

This week, as they have done for the past several years, the Windsor Heights Chamber of Commerce held a golf event at Waveland Golf Course. It gave us an opportunity to sit down with Rocky Sposato, the manager there, and talk about the historic Des Moines owned facility and how it came to be that a private firm now manages this and two other municipal golf courses in the city...soon to add Jester Park from Polk County. Listen in to the business of golfing... 

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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Urbandale Goes to Washington with Bob Andeweg

He is a veteran of the Greater Des Moines Partnership Washington D.C. Fly-In...meet the Mayor of the City of Urbandale Bob Andeweg. On the annual 72 hour trip at least twenty times Mayor Andeweg reflects on the impact these face-to-face events have had on his community and we talk about challenges and rewards of being one of the Metro's fastest growing cities. 

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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Greg Edwards on Clean Money and Restaurant Week

So many things going on in the Des Moines Metro and many of what we experience here comes from the offices of the Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. Greg Edwards joins us to talk about their efforts, what the new downtown hotel means for the Metro and how Restaurant Week started and where it is today. Always a pleasure to have Greg in studio.


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page. 
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Polk County and The Minimum Wage Commission

Not long ago Polk County Supervisor Tom Hockensmith was a guest of the News Hour and we talked about the commission put together by the Supervisors to study the minimum wage here. Today we visit about the effort with Ken Sagar a commission member and president of the Iowa Federation of Labor.  Some interesting twists to this interview: 


Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only hour-long, business broadcast in the Midwest. You can catch us at 5:05PM on AM-940, FM-104.5 or in HD at 103.3 HD2. It is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications a full service advertising/consulting agency based in Des Moines. Connect with The Business News Hour on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour and, for more, here is our Facebook Page.
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