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The Business News Headlines 7 April 2021

Mid-Week and thanks for being here. Today was one of those odd days on Wall Street and we'll share details plus for the interview a massive transformation of a shopping mall in Des Moines, Iowa caught our attention.  But first, the news:

  • Stop working and go for a walk...no, really;
  • Amazon does not want to talk about this;
  • The My Pillow guy is getting hit again;
  • He said "tax breaks have got to go". Stunning;
  • T-Mobile has a new promotion and it's big;
  • Janet Yellen and more tax news;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • It seems Ketchup just can't...catch up.

Plus for the interview the stunning story about how one mall owner is totally transforming one of her properties. Our guest is Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors. She'll share a story about the difference between shopping centers in Europe and the U.S. as well as the retail reality that has brought down so many malls. Then we'll get into the amazing transformation of a property in Des Moines, Iowa.  It is...groundbreaking. To listen to that conversation, click here. 

Transforming A Shopping Mall & What A Story!

If you've spent any time listening to our daily newscast you know that we've reported many times about the hollowing out of our nation's shopping malls. As ecommerce shook the bones of retail we watched as department stores, often shopping mall anchors, entering bankruptcy and leaving gaping holes. Then COVID19 came and, for many, finished the job. Some malls have sold out to Amazon to be used as fulfillment centers. Other mall owners are working new tenet arrangements hoping to salvage their business. Some mall owners are totally reimagining their centers and changing everything. Meet Liz Holland the CEO of Merle Hay Investors and the remarkable story behind their goal to totally restructure their business. It's a stunning departure and, perhaps, one of the first in the nation as the Merle Hay Mall becomes..."Hockey Town".

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 & Jeff 26 March 2021

Once again we made it to the weekend kids!  We've not only got some interesting business news stories for you but also Friday is our "Hyper-Local" day when we get to visit with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine about Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro.  But first:

  • Get Vaccinated and Get Stuff;
  • Social Security and the IRS;
  • Some want tax credits to become permanent;
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders and Medicare;
  • The Taxman and Etsy, eBay and more;
  • Fox News sued for $1.6 billion;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, quit working so hard!

Those stories plus our look at Stuff to DO in the greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Have some fun already and listen in!

 

Hyper-Local Business Thoughts with Laura Kinnard of Des Moines

For several years Laura Kinnard has joined me to chat it up about business events going on in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Now, with many events cancelled or going virtual it's still important to offer a shout-out. Today she does that regarding your local Chamber, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, FUSE DSM, ShopWhereILive.com the West Des Moines Chamber and the Iowa Center.  Go ahead and click through.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday 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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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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The Business News Headlines 15 January 2020

It's true, the business news headlines are coming to you this week from Arizona where it's brown...not white like back home in Iowa.  In the news today:

  • The new trade deal and agriculture...what if?
  • No joy in "Toyland" says Target;
  • GM and temporary workers;
  • Tesla may win with the new trade deal but not for cars;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Workers and Weight an issue nobody wants to discuss.

Those stories and we'll talk construction with Creighton Cox, a return visitor to the News Hour, and this time is's about the construction industry both on a local and national level. Creighton recently became the Business Development Manager for Turner Construction an international company. The fact that Creighton is in this position tells us that the company is planning some serious work in the Hawkeye State...yes? You can listen here.

 

Construction Outlook with Creighton Cox of Turner Construction

It's always great to sit down and talk business with Creighton Cox who is the Business Development Manager with international construction company Turner Construction. Here we talk about the micro and the macro of construction going from some hyper-local conversation to a more global look at the construction industry. Creighton has just "retired" from a long stint as a City Councilman for the City of Urbandale and, yes, that too factored into 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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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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The Business News & More 18 November 2019

We've got plenty in store for you this afternoon as we wonder, out loud, what in the world is going on with the U.S. China trade deal....Here we go:

  • Deal? No Deal? Sounds like a TV Game Show;
  • Chick fil-A is changing their giving;
  • WeWork said to be laying off thousands;
  • FedEx and the New York Times in a brawl;
  • Markets closed higher but oh the agony;
  • Dunkin to get rid of their classic foam cups;
  • Women leaving banking and why.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMACC and author of DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about Entrepreneur Month, some business events a social event in Urbandale and more. To listen to that all you need to do is click here

Business Events with Laura Kinnard

If it's the start of a new week that means that Laura Kinnard from Curated Growth, DMACC and Drake University is in to chat about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. As you might know this is Entrepreneurship Month so we talk a bit about that, a social event in Urbandale, free co-working at Gravitate, Topical Tuesdays and a host of things going on where you can network and learn. Here's Laura! 

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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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The Business News Headlines & More 24 October 2019

The markets struggled all day and in the end the Dow missed making it back to the flat-line. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 24th day of October. And, we've got a shorter segment today because we've got a rare two-part interview with the current Mayor of the City of Des Moines, Iowa, Frank Cownie.  In the news:

  • What happened today on Wall Street;
  • Tesla is now the most valuable U.S. automaker;
  • Flight Shaming...it's a thing;
  • Twitter stock drops and we'll share why;
  • Pot profits...going up in smoke.

Those stories plus a two-part long form interview with Mayor Frank Cownie.  Mayor Cownie has served the city of Des Moines, Iowa for 16 years and he wants another four. I'll ask him why voters should reward him for that. Plus we'll talk about promises made and he says...kept. Here is Part One

Then in Part Two we'll talk about the water issue that impacts not only Des Moines but also the surrounding communities that buy water from the Des Moines Water Works. We'll also get into flooding, climate change and more.  Here is Part Two.

Thanks for listening! 

Meet Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie - Part One

A conversation with Mayor Frank Cownie, the longest serving mayor for the City of Des Moines, Iowa is running for re-election. Here in a two-part conversation we talk about what he has promised to do, what he has done, the issues that so many people care about. We also talk about hyper-local issues like potholes and the technology that he has implemented to connect citizens with their local government. So much to unpack here...click 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. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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

 

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