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Greater Des Moines grows 1.8 percent

New census data for July 1, 2017, shows the Des Moines-West Des Moines metro area grew to 645,911, up 1.8 percent from the 2016 figure of 634,740. That gain of  11,171 residents compared to the …

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Middle Market index rises

The RSM US Middle Market Business Index hit a record in the first quarter, reported Davenport-based RSM US LLP and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Business leaders were bullish on economic strength, the tax cuts, the labor …

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State proposes $10M cut in high-quality job program

A new round of cuts in state government, $35.5 million this time, includes $11 million in trims at the state universities and $10 million in the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s high-quality jobs program incentives, the Des …

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Johnson County supervisors consider ‘symbolic’ minimum wage increase

Johnson County supervisors intend to stick to a promise the board made more than two years ago — despite being barred from enforcing the change, reports the Cedar Rapids Gazette. This week, supervisors will consider a …

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As Diamond V joins Cargill, CEO sees ‘a growth story’

The change in ownership of one of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids corridor’s most iconic brands at the end of last year would have been easy to miss.

As Diamond V joined Cargill at the end …

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SBA honors Clinton firm

The U.S. Small Business Administration has named Bob Simpson, president of Big River Packaging Co. in Clinton, as Iowa’s Small Business Person of the Year. After Clinton lost 355 jobs from the International Paper plant …

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ABI survey finds economic optimism

Quarterly survey results from the Iowa Association of Business and Industry today showed optimism among ABI’s board members.

“Business leaders continue to be optimistic about Iowa’s economy,” Mike Ralston, ABI president, said in a statement. …

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Iowa Mainstreet Index falls

Iowa remained in growth territory in March but saw its Rural Mainstreet Index fall to 52.8 from 55.3 in February. 

Creighton University reported that the state’s farmland-price index for March dropped to 42.7 from 46.4. …

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Tomorrow Plan speaker calls for small, simple changes

Jason Roberts, founder of the Better Block Foundation, is expected to lay out small, simple changes neighborhoods can make when he appears in the Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series at noon April 10 at the State …

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Iowa City chamber to take Bitcoin

The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting Bitcoin payments for membership dues. 

Chamber President Kim Casko made the surprise announcement on Tuesday morning at Iowa City’s TechBrew meeting, a monthly event hosted …

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