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In meeting with Iowans et al., Trump says he may revive TPP

President Donald Trump met with farm-state interests today, leaving open the possibility that the Trans Pacific Partnership, a top priority of Iowa business interests, may be renewed.

Trump had lumped TPP into a group of …

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VIDEO: Visiting expert offers actionable, and sometimes rebellious, ways to make your neighborhood better

I swung by the State Historical Building to hear a presentation by Jason Roberts of the Better Block Foundation, who was brought to town as part of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Tomorrow …

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The next chapter: Partnership launches succession program

The Greater Des Moines Partnership wants to help the small businesses that account for 80 percent or more of its 6,100 members plan for the next chapter in their corporate history.

It’s called succession planning, …

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NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: Is cutting entitlement programs key to fixing looming debt crisis?

Here’s an interesting opinion piece from Monday’s Washington Post that the folks at the Brookings Institute recommended to us. Five former chairs of the White House Council of Economic Advisors write that the looming federal fiscal crisis …

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Des Moines rises to No. 4 on best place to live list

Des Moines rose five spots to No. 4 in the latest U.S. News & World Report “Best Places to Live” list, behind Austin, Texas, Colorado Springs and Denver. Fayetteville, Ark., was No. 5.

The only …

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TPI plans move to Airport Commerce Park South

The Printer Inc., a 45-year-old Des Moines company that in recent years has focused on direct-mail products for the gambling industry, plans a $12.8 million expansion that includes a new 75,000-square-foot facility at 2550 Gannett …

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Stocks of Iowa-traded companies take a hit in March

        Iowa companies had an unlucky March, with a majority recording share price losses last month. 

Pharmaceutical company KemPharm Inc. and biodiesel manufacturer Renewable Energy Group Inc. were among the top gainers …

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SBA backs $2.6M in Central Iowa loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration backed 13 private Central Iowa loans for a combined $2.6 million in March for projects expected to create 122 jobs and retain 132. 

For this purpose, Central Iowa consists of …

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Tariff tiff: Midwest braces; who blinks first?

The U.S. vs. China tariff tiff has caught the Midwest — and the markets — in a squeeze of anxiety with many observers wondering which side will blink first.

Reuters reports that China is now considering …

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Warren County opens business grant apps

The Warren County Small Business Grant Contest is accepting entries. A prize of $6,000 will be awarded to an existing small business, and $4,000 will go to a startup business. All Warren County small businesses of fewer …

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