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Technology & Rural America - The Forge in Jefferson, Iowa

Recently the public was able to view The Forge a training and work center in the rural community of Jefferson, Iowa. The opening of this center has lots of moving parts including Pillar Technology, the city, county and state. There are Silicon Valley folks, Iowa Central Community College, Des Moines Area Community College...it's a big deal. Here, in this brief overview, we chat with the Mayor of Jefferson, Craig Berry, a recipient of a DMACC scholarship, Safora Khan and California Congressman Ro Khanna who had much to do with bringing the parties together. If replicated, this could be a major boost to communities across the U.S.

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. 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. 

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A Conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne

It wasn't that long ago that Iowans in the Third Congressional District, which is made up of 16 counties, voted to send Cindy Axne to congress. Here is part one of an extended interview where we talk about some common misconceptions of Washington D.C., her work there, what she's been doing, and what she hopes to do to represent all of the people in this District and the U.S. Here is Part One with Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

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. 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

Technology and Rural America with Congressman Ro Khanna

Last year California Congressman Ro Khanna was in Jefferson Iowa to help launch the Pillar Technology Hub that will open for the public on September 7th. Congressman Khanna was instrumental in gathering some Silicon Valley giants together for this project and he'll be back for the open house event. I thought it might be valuable to look back at this conversation that happened when the project was announced to an overflow crowd.

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. 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. 

Our Sponsors

AARP-Iowa

National Tractor Parts Dealer Association

Oasis - A Paychex Company

Tero International

The Business News Headlines 19 May 2019

The business news headlines on the Vacation Edition of the Business News Hour. Here's what we have in stock for you today:

  • Another retail chain says goodbye;
  • Over 120 companies send a letter to President Trump saying "Stop!";
  • A new study says Millennial's may never be economically secure;
  • Heard of "Dot Amazon"?
  • Google and China have 90 days in a reversal from Washington;
  • Local business, the environment and agriculture...again.

Those stories and in for The Interview is Emily Wyatt from the Des Moines Area Religious Council talking about food insecurity, their mission and an event happening this week.  To hear that, just click here

Thanks for coming by! 

People, Jobs, Housing and More with Mary Bontrager

A couple of weeks ago I heard Mary Bontrager the Executive Vice President of Talent Development for the Greater Des Moines Partnership give a stunning report on the number of jobs that are not being filled in Central Iowa due to the fact we simply don't have the people. And that's not just an Iowa issue but something that is being felt all across the Midwest. So, we know the issue...what steps might we take to fix what may take our economy backward? Click through to listen. 

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 18 April 2019

Due to Good Friday today is the final trading day on Wall Street and we've got the numbers and why coming up on this Thursday edition of the Business News Hour:

  • Positive earnings push the markets;
  • Former Sears CEO is being sued;
  • A beer story;
  • A "smokes" story;
  • Trailer park owners in Iowa about to get sent a notice;
  • What happened on Wall Street & Why.

Those stories and a hyper-local piece about affordable housing. This is something we stumbled onto early this week and it has to do with the Merle Hale Mall and that re-imagine effort, Anawim Housing an affordable housing non-profit and the City of Urbandale. To hear that...just click here

Thanks for listening.

The Business News Headlines 12 March 2019

It's the 12th day of March and thank for clicking through for the top business news stories of the day. These stories are just a click away:

  • Wealthy folks bribe their kids into trendy colleges and universities;
  • Boeing continues to have troubles with their stock and worried passengers;
  • Dick's Sporting Goods to rid itself of rifles and some shoes;
  • You may have forgotten about Lumber Liquidators but the SEC didn't;
  • The UK votes against the Theresa May Brexit plan...now what;
  • Windsor Heights said "no" to Aldi but not Waukee;
  • Is it really a paid family leave proposal from Sen. Joni Ernst;
  • What happened today and why on Wall Street.

Those stories plus I'll have a conversation about the Latino Community not only in Iowa but in the United States with Joe Henry an official with LULAC the League of United Latin American Citizens. And yes, we'll touch on the impact Latinos have on business, education, voting and more here in Iowa with LULAC Council 307. To hear that conversation click here

Thanks for listening!

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.

Congresswomen Cindy Axne on Key Legislative Goals

I sat down with freshman Congresswoman Cindy Axne (D-IA) who represents Iowa's Third Congressional district. We talked about her legislative priorities that she feels will impact not only her district but all of Iowa. She also offered a pledge to work with members of the GOP to get things done. Here is our 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

Black Friday Comes Every Week!

When I saw a recent Facebook Post I had to reach out to its author and learn more. Meet Abena Imhotep who gets the idea of "buying local" but adds another twist...a Black Friday every week. This is all about how each of us can support economic prosperity in the African-American Community and watch as we engage in commerce that supports individuals and families. Not sure where to shop on your own Black Friday?  Abena gave me this list of Iowa black owned businesses and she is working on yet another.  Black Friday...every Friday.  

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.