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    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 2:00 PM

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

    Progress on water quality still a trickle
    The Iowa Legislature failed to pass long-term, sustainable funding to help clean Iowa’s waterways, streams and lakes. 

    Iowa tax refunds delays now the norm
    Longer processing times for income tax refunds are not a one-time anomaly, but rather a new paradigm.

    UI’s Internship Village in D.M. fills up for summer
    The University of Iowa’s Internship Village - which is housed in Fenton Hall on the former AIB College of Business campus - will be filled to capacity this summer with 134 college interns. 

    Indy team revs up Des Moines transit efforts
    Two leaders of Indianapolis’ successful efforts to greatly improve its transit system came to town this week to inspire Capital Crossroads’ Transit Future Work Group, which is looking to do the same here.

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:19 AM
    In many cases, physicians have spent so much time learning and practicing medicine that they haven’t had a chance to master the business side of their practice.

    Monday, April 24, 2017 3:38 PM
    Does your organization ask, "What's in it for me?" or "What's the right thing to do?" New research by Iowa State University management professor David King shows how a lack of oversight can make it easy for executives and employees to act in their own self-interest and lead to fraudulent behavior.

    Monday, April 24, 2017 10:37 AM
    When I bumped into Cultivation Corridor's Brent Willett at last week's Prometheus Awards, I asked him to consider passing along URLs for articles he found interesting (I'd like you to do the same), and explained we might share some of them with the rest of you via this One Good Read section.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 3:43 PM
    Many of you know that I previously reported for The Des Moines Register. In those 32 years, I watched the paper morph into something different from what it was at the beginning of my reporting career. By the time I chose to leave to take another job, budget-cutting, layoffs and a free fall in circulation had become the norm.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
    Some people struggle to decide what to wear to work. But the folks behind the Doomsday Vault think about the world at the brink of The End, and they are smart enough to make sure that we’ll always have the Riccelli family’s heirloom peppers to spice up life post-doomsday.

    Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
    For Wayne Ford, the fact that Iowa Workforce Development officials went to the effort to design a logo for a new statewide committee that seeks to lower Iowa’s minority unemployment rate is a really big deal. 

  • Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the April 21 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.

    John “Pat” Dorrian, 17  
    Red Brannan, 17   
    Terry Branstad, 24   
    Eric Burmeister, 4   
    Frank Cownie, 17   
    Angela Currie, 6   
    Robert D. Ray, 17  
    Preston Daniels, 17   
    Marvin DeJear, 4   
    Bob Duncan, 4   
    Joni Ernst, 4   
    Wayne Ford, 4   
    Mario Gandelsonas, 17   
    Marc Hansen, 24   
    Christine Hensley, 17   
    Steve Hensley, 17   
    Billy Kirby, 8   
    Josh Mandelbaum, 17   
    Karen McLoughlin, 4   
    Tim Nelsen, 8   
    Jill Niswander, 8   
    Henny Ohr, 8   
    John Pappajohn, 17   
    Mary Pappajohn, 17   
    Christine Riccelli, 4   
    Emily Shields, 8   
    Beth Townsend, 4   
    Emily Westergaard, 8   
    Connie Wimer, 17   
    Tom Witosky, 24   
    Steve Zumbach, 17  

    Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
    Officials with Cognizant Technology Solutions US Corp. on April 13 signed a contract to lease the 12th floor — an additional 18,000 square feet — at Two Ruan Center in anticipation of further growth by the global company.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:55 AM
    Here's an interesting summary of actions that Minnesota has taken in the past year to respond to Blue Cross and Blue Shield's exit from that state's individual insurance market, a dilemma that's now faced by Iowa with Wellmark's and Aetna's recent decisions to pull out of the individual market in 2018.

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:38 PM
    It's been five years since our managing editor and longtime columnist, Jim Pollock, passed away unexpectedly after complications from cancer.

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017 2:00 PM

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

    Rowat moving, selling company
    Rowat Cut Stone & Marble Co., a fixture on the Des Moines industrial landscape since 1882, is moving to Norwalk and, after more than three decades, toward new ownership.

    Big plans at 300mlk development
    Michael and Lisa LaValle will open the River Center Eventorium on the south side of Rich Eychaner’s 300mlk development in downtown Des Moines.

    CRE event takeaways
    Experiential development, tax reform, lending habits and tax incentives were just some of the takeaways from our April event.

    VIDEO: Five real estate trends to watch in 2017
    We asked each of our CRE forum panelists to identify one trend that they are watching closely in 2017 and beyond.

    Wellmark’s plan for individual health market revival
    Wellmark CEO John Forsyth laid out Wellmark’s plan to conceivably stay in the individual health insurance market next year, and on top of that reduce current premiums by at least 30 percent.


    Monday, April 17, 2017 10:36 AM
    Here's an interesting take on the complex issue of medical tort reform from David Lind, who argues that legislation capping non-economic damages to $250,000 will not provide incentives for providers to alter their practices to avoid medical errors in the first place. 

    Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 AM
    When longtime Iowa State University economist Catherine Kling stopped by our offices for a panel discussion on the economic development power of outdoor recreation, she paused to praise Greater Des Moines leaders — public and private — for their diligent, data-based exploration of improvements in the world of recreation.

    Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 AM
    In many cases, physicians have spent so much time learning and practicing medicine that they haven’t had a chance to master the business side of their practice. 

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