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  • Employers, meet your future leaders
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
    In covering the education and human resources beat, I hear numerous pitches from Greater Des Moines nonprofit organizations to write about the innovative approaches they are taking to address workforce training and development issues. 

  • A Closer Look: Angela Currie
    BY KENT DARR
    Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 AM
    About three years ago, Angela Currie and her husband, Mark, were expecting their second child and they were struck by the realization that they were very close to establishing roots in the Kansas City area. Not a bad thing, mind you, but the native Iowans were close to getting “ingrained” in their community.

  • City Council loses dean
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 11:00 AM
    Christine Hensley, the longest-serving member of the Des Moines City Council, has decided not to run for re-election when her term expires at the end of this year. 

  • A quiet man at the top
    BY KENT DARR
    Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 AM
    Richard Hurd didn’t set out in the real estate business to be No. 1 — he was just trying to put food on the table and turn a dollar one day so that he was in business the next — but over 44 years he has brought a lot of firsts to Greater Des Moines.

  • MidAmerican breezes into new era
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 AM

    Some people talk about riding the wave. You could say MidAmerican Energy rode the wind.  

    The story of how the utility went from zero wind energy to a national wind-energy leader with a goal to produce all of its power from renewables is an interesting tale of consumer pressure, reaction to regulations, industry innovation and careful management.


  • A Closer Look: Jamie Alt
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 AM
    Jamie Alt has made a career of golf. That doesn’t mean he’s out there hitting balls with Zach Johnson, though he occasionally gets time to play. Alt comes at it from a sport management background. He directed the Principal Charity Classic Tournament for five years and also worked for the Iowa Events Center and Special Olympics Iowa.

  • Bright ideas: Innovative Lighting moves to power-over-ethernet, flexible designs
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, April 07, 2017 6:00 AM
    Innovative Lighting of Ankeny is joining the power-over-ethernet lighting push, with an emphasis on flexible designs. 

  • Family law
    BY KENT DARR
    Friday, April 07, 2017 6:00 AM
    After spending their legal careers with other firms, Brent Cashatt and Stacey Warren are setting out their own.

  • Service soars, fares compete
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, April 07, 2017 6:00 AM
    There’s a chance that fares offered by the airlines serving Des Moines International Airport — already better than Omaha’s but higher than Kansas City’s — could become more competitive as the market continues to attract more flights and new destinations.

  • A Closer Look: Doug Ommen
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, April 07, 2017 6:00 AM
    After working nearly three decades in consumer protection roles for the state of Missouri, Doug Ommen was attracted to taking on a regulatory role with Iowa’s robust insurance industry.

  • A Closer Look: Tiffany O’Donnell
    BY MEGAN VERHELST
    Friday, March 31, 2017 6:00 AM
    In 2013, Tiffany O’Donnell, a then-volunteer with Iowa Women Lead Change, moderated a conversation she says changed her life. Onstage with entrepreneur and celebrity Martha Stewart, O’Donnell, like many other women in the audience that day, saw new possibilities for her future.

  • The changing face of cancer clinical trials
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    Unless you have personally traveled the arduous road of cancer treatment or have a close friend or family member who has, you may not be aware of a network of patient clinical research trials that are available to Iowa residents through two Des Moines-based cancer treatment centers. 

  • A Closer Look: Aaron Kennedy
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    Aaron Kennedy is the first non-Flynn to serve as president of Flynn Wright, the longtime Des Moines advertising agency whose office offers a sweeping view of the downtown sculpture garden and the emerging Krause Gateway Center, future home of Kum & Go’s corporate offices and an architectural statement by Renzo Piano. But he goes way back with the Flynns who created the company. 

  • Capital Crossroads 2.0
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, March 24, 2017 6:00 AM
    Capital Crossroads 2.0 recently released the five-year vision plan for Central Iowa, within a 50-mile radius of Des Moines. It is an unusually specific, comprehensive look at steps to address mental health, housing, recreation, economic development, culture, and governance, among other issues and topics. 

  • A Closer Look: Mark Nook
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, March 10, 2017 6:00 AM
    From early on in his academic career, Mark Nook hasn’t shied away from taking on increasingly prominent roles at the encouragement of mentors who recognized his leadership traits. 

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