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    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    What would you do differently if you knew you would live to be 120?

    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    A while back, we assembled a high-powered panel to discuss how outdoor recreation affects economic development.

  • Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the March 24 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Shannon Benson, 8   
    Terry Branstad, 28   
    Jay Byers, 16   
    Angela Connolly, 16   
    Richard Deming, 8   
    Justin Doyle, 4   
    Greg Hapgood, 4   
    Aaron Kennedy, 6   
    Gage Kent, 8   
    Kristi Knous, 16   
    Rich Leopold, 4   
    Charles Link, 8   
    David Roederer, 28   
    Bill Stowe, 4   
    Missy Stravers, 8   
    David Swenson, 28   
    Bethany Wilcoxon, 8   
    Brent Willett, 23  


    Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:18 PM
    You likely saw the news that the Des Moines metro population is increasing at a rate greater than its Midwest peers.

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:43 AM
    Iowa found itself the primary subject of a recent piece by The New York Times that aimed to use the state as a case study in the ongoing national and local debate about school choice.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 3:12 PM
    Like most of you, I've followed the news for months about the planned "merger of equals" between DuPont and Dow Chemical Co.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on

    Judge throws out Des Moines Water Works nitrate case
    A federal judge on dismissed Des Moines Water Works’ pollution lawsuit against drainage districts in three northwest Iowa counties. Water Works CEO Bill Stowe said the utility will consider what to do next.

    Blackbird submits competing tower plan for Fifth and Walnut
    The city of Des Moines now has a tower struggle over the future of a shuttered parking ramp at Fifth Avenue and Walnut Street after Justin Doyle, a Blackbird principal, submitted a competing plan.

    Facebook plans $400M expansion in Altoona
    Facebook plans to spend $400 million on the expansion, which would be located on property at the northwest section of its current operations.

    SBA guaranteed $3.3 million in Central Iowa loans in February
    See the full list of 14 businesses that received $3.3 million in private loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration in February.

    Army will station 10 helicopters at D.M. air base within 2 years
    Guard spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood said the Black Hawk helicopters will be transferred from Boone to Des Moines in coming months, and within two years for sure.

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 10:37 AM
    Architect Rob Smith recently forwarded to me an op-ed from the Denver Post that raised a series of questions about the urban philosophy that was driving the design of that city's downtown housing.

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:43 PM
    We spend a lot of time at the Business Record watching technology and innovation, the move to autonomous vehicles, etc. 

    Thursday, March 16, 2017 10:16 AM
    As a scuba diver, I was particularly interested in the news this week about the severe and widespread bleaching of corals on the Great Barrier Reef off Australia. 

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017 2:36 PM
    Here's a turn of events. As we watch the debate over whether President Trump's policies are designed to help the rich more than the poor, the poor gained ground last year, The Atlantic reports.

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017 3:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on

    ARAG plans major change, name included, for downtown site
    ARAG President and CEO David Murray said the Keck City Center at 500 Grand Ave. will be renamed the ARAG Building after undergoing a major transformation of its street-to-skywalk-level commercial space.

    Whalen buys into the East Village, again
    A mere two weeks after Heart of America Corp. opened the AC Hotel, founder Mike Whalen announced plans for more projects in the East Village.

    Drake speakers: Cuba eyes U.S. farm equipment
    Cuban law professor Maritza McCormack Bequer spoke at an event at Drake about a study she’s worked on with Drake Law School professor Neil Hamilton that explores parallels between the communist island nation’s agrarian land reform program and the challenges faced by new U.S. farmers.

    NCMIC names McCoy as CEO 
    Chiropractic malpractice insurance company NCMIC has named Mike McCoy as CEO, effective April 18, and CEO Patrick McNerney will retire but join the board of directors.

    Greater Des Moines ranks 23rd among metros for well-being
    Central Iowa outpaced the level of improvement nationally in well-being and is ranked among the top 25 metro areas in the nation for its overall level of residents’ well-being.

    Monday, March 13, 2017 5:13 PM
    Many of us are feeling pretty giddy about the stock market ramp-up in recent months, and I for one hope my fund managers are protecting part of these gains for my retirement (which, of course, is years and years away, being the young man I am). But our friends at The Atlantic magazine wonder if we are overdue for a recession. 

    Monday, March 13, 2017 3:46 PM
    You probably could do some kind of fancy economics study about the effect of the Iowa State Cyclones once again qualifying for March Madness, but on a snowy Monday morning we just don't want to work that hard. So, as our pro-Cyclone newsroom revels in this weekend's championship, let's look at the anecdotal evidence that Cyclone Nation and its successes are good for business.

    Monday, March 13, 2017 10:23 AM
    Some businesses go to great expense to prove they are "green" and great users of renewable energy, but MidAmerican Energy is about to give them a chance to brag for free, utility President and CEO William Fehrman said when we sat down for a chat in the Ruan Center recently.

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