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Iowa Business Council launches Business Education Alliance

Although 80 percent of the Iowa Business Council’s members anticipate higher sales in the next six months, two-thirds are concerned about attracting and retaining quality workers, according to results of the council’s quarterly Economic Outlook …

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Lauridsens’ $1M donation lifts skate park campaign


Greater Des Moines benefactors Nix and Virginia Lauridsen — who a year ago donated $1 million to help overhaul the headquarters of the Des Moines Metro Opera — have given the same amount toward …

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Iowa Business Conditions Index jumped in March

Iowa saw a “very healthy” Business Conditions Index of 64.7 in February, reports economist Ernie Goss of Creighton University. That’s up from 59.4 in January; anything above 50 suggests growth. The monthly survey of supply managers in …

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Zolli to speak on resiliency

International resiliency trainer Andrew Zolli will speak April 25 as part of the Tomorrow Plan speaker series. His visit is part of a follow-up to a meeting last summer among 150 executive directors of nonprofit …

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Greater Des Moines Partnership launches ‘Startup Stories DSM’ podcast

The first episode of the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s new podcast, “Startup Stories DSM,” launched today. “Startup Stories DSM” is hosted by Christina Moffatt, director of small business resources with the Greater Des Moines Parternship, …

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Destination: China

When David Chadima of Cedar Rapids went to China in 1982 as a college student, it was one of those destinations reserved for intrepid travelers willing to overcome steep language and cultural barriers.

The United …

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Tariff spat threatens ag trade

When President Donald Trump followed through Thursday on his threat to impose $60 billion in tariffs on aluminum and steel and sanctions on China, even as Iowa agricultural interests were wrapping up their latest outreach …

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Iowa unemployment rate holds at 2.9%; construction jobs continue to decline

Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in February, according to a release from Iowa Workforce Development. The state’s jobless rate was 3.4 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at …

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Grinnell College plans Council on Foreign Relations event

Grinnell College plans a new event, “Teaching Diplomacy for the Next Generation,” featuring a rare Midwestern appearance by the Council on Foreign Relations. The event runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 13. Keynote speakers will beJames …

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Tariff retaliation leads Deere and Co. worried over future sales

Rising trade tensions between the U.S. and trading partners are concerning officials at Deere and Co., reports Bloomberg News. U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, proposed by President Donald Trump, have Deere “much more …

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