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Casey’s seeks nearly $6 million in incentives for improvements, expansion in Ankeny

Casey’s General Stores is seeking $5.7 million in state and local incentives for a $34.7 million project that includes renovations and new construction at its Ankeny headquarters, a project that is expected to create 101 …

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Iowa Rural Mainstreet Index falls

Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet Index for Iowa dropped to 47.3 this month from 48 in December.

Anything above 50 suggests growth. 

Iowa’s farmland price index for January rose to 42.4 from December’s 39.8. The state’s …

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NOTEBOOK: Apple HQ for Iowa? Nah, it’s too darn cold

Waukee Community and Economic Development Director Dan Dutcher made a quick call Wednesday to a real estate contact at Apple Inc. after reading that the company planned a second U.S. headquarters. He thought he knew …

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Bondurant chamber to give awards Friday

The Bondurant Chamber of Commerce will present a couple of awards at its sold-out annual dinner Friday. This year’s award winners are:

Generational Guns, small business of the year. Brick Street Market & Cafe, large…
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Give your 2 cents about $14 million in grants

The Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking for your opinion on how the agency will distribute $14 million in federal money that drew $22 million in requests. The 24 projects are described online and you can …

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Back in business?

The Iowa Legislature is back in session, and business groups are hoping to push through tax reforms — one of the few big-ticket items they didn’t win last session. 

The major organizations representing business also …

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Event Preview: 2018 Economic Forecast Luncheon

While the stock market continues to hum, new and unpredictable variables present opportunities and potential hurdles for businesses in 2018, including federal tax reform going into effect, changes to the state’s tax environment coming, and …

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Ernst sees Trump opposition to NAFTA softening

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Add U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s voice to those who believe that President Donald Trump is reassessing his position on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Although the president repeatedly has threatened to pull …

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Most economists surveyed by WSJ said U.S. is at or near full employment

Full employment is finally here, or at least not far away. That’s according to the vast majority of economists surveyed this month by The Wall Street Journal. Asked if the U.S. economy has reached full employment, …

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Salisbury named SBA regional administrator

Thomas Salisbury has been named the regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska (Region VII). He previously worked as the small business liaison for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt …

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