Growing up in a hurry

Thirty Iowa companies, including nine in Greater Des Moines, have been named to Inc. magazine's 2014 list of the country's 5,000 fastest-growing privately owned companies.

 

Waller is the top techie

The Technology Association of Iowa today announced that Brian Waller will start as president on Sept. 29.  He replaces Leann Jacobsen, who is stepping down after nine years to spend more time working on community projects in her hometown of Spencer. Most recently, Waller served as manager of information technology business development at the Iowa Economic Development Authority.

 

Wind energy installations stalled last year

The United States continues to be a global leader in wind energy, although China is quickly outpacing America in installed wind capacity, according to new datareleased today by the U.S. Department of Energy. The United States is No. 2 globally in total installed capacity, while China leads with nearly 50 percent more wind energy production.

 

Clive dropped plans for town center

The city of Clive announced today that it will drop plans to develop a town center on city-owned property along the east side of Northwest 114th Street and south of Hickman Road. The city had sought proposals from private developers for a joint effort to build a government center along with residential and commercial buildings.

 

Skilled workers are out there, but some training required

Something is clearly broken in the labor market. The problem may not be the skills workers ostensibly lack. It may be that employers' expectations are out of whack, according to a paper by a Wharton School management professor, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.