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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on

    Best of Des Moines: Voting now open
    It’s time again for the Business Record’s annual Best of Des Moines poll, and it’s time for you to cast your ballot.

    Incentives approved for Windsor expansion into Norwalk
    IEDA and the city of Norwalk approved incentives that will lead to the construction of a $10.5 million manufacturing center for Windsor Windows and Doors.

    Apple Valley lives again
    In an example of how being fleet of foot pays off in commercial real estate, the renovated Apple Valley shopping center in Windsor Heights is leasing up quickly.

    Bravo issues record $539,600 in capital grants
    Bravo Greater Des Moines distributed $539,600 in capital grants including large awards to Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines Metro Opera, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden and Hoyt Sherman Place.


    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:57 AM
    Iowa is a case study of what would happen to the U.S. health insurance market under Trumpcare, according to this Washington Post opinion piece which details the collapse of the individual health insurance market in the state.

  • Monday, May 22, 2017 11:04 AM
    What can organizations learn in the face of sometimes epic public relations failures? 

  • Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM

    Here's a list of local people in the May 19 issue of the Business Record and the page number of the article in which they are mentioned. Members can read all of this week's stories at and can access the digital version of the paper by clicking here.

    Dave Cale, 14
    Justin Hupfer, 14
    Laura Jackson, 13
    Ross Junge, 8
    David Kilpatrick, 6
    David Lind, 4
    Glenn Lyons, 4
    Dan McGehee, 4
    Ed McGill, 8
    Ed Oleksiak, 13
    Doug Ommen, 13
    Sabra Rosener, 13
    Scott Sanders, 20
    David Swieskowski, 13
    Paul Trombino, 4
    Murray Williams, 14

    Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM
    From Guy Fraker’s perspective, it’s far less risky for insurance companies to be early to the autonomous car party than to arrive late and be on the outside tapping forlornly on the window. 

    Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 AM
    Here’s a good review by health benefits expert David Lind of some of the significant demographic challenges related to forming high-risk pools and the realities that Congress will face as it tries to rewrite the rules for health insurance coverage. 

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 2:39 PM
    A couple of us stopped by the Accelerate DSM event at the Iowa Events Center on Wednesday. Mike Colwell, who runs the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Square One DSM accelerator and has a history in angel investing, spoke on the impending "Fourth Industrial Revolution" of artificial intelligence and deep learning, as well as how Central Iowans can ride this wave of innovation into the future. We also caught Dwolla exec Ben Milne.

    Thursday, May 18, 2017 10:49 AM
    Many of you know that Sophia S. Ahmad, vice president of public relations for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, is an accomplished and classically trained pianist. Here's a cool chance to hear her accompany virtuoso cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is in town for a few appearances, including a concert at Sheslow Auditorium.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 3:44 PM
    We hear it all the time from developers who say apartment tenants want to live in relatively small spaces that offer access to big-time shared amenities.

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 2:00 PM

    In case you missed it...
    A brief look back at members-only news from the past week on

    Million-dollar homes going fast
    It’s a safe bet that the market for million-dollar homes has a strong pulse when two sales are completed a day apart. 

    Study: Drake grads are staying and contributing
    Drake University is a multibillion-dollar player in the regional economy, according to an economic impact study.

    Lyons leaves NDC for private development
    Glenn Lyons resigned Tuesday to pursue his long-term ambition of entering the private development world.


    Monday, May 15, 2017 3:00 PM
    A task force studying the governance structure of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority unveiled its recommendations on May 3 and might have established a template for addressing other regional issues that have confounded community leaders for decades.

    Monday, May 15, 2017 11:12 AM
    Eventually, we're all going to have to decide if it makes more sense to own a vehicle or to use a car share, order-a-pod, jet pack, walk or bike, etc.

    Friday, May 12, 2017 3:32 PM
    As I meet with community and business leaders, more and more there is one itching question people are asking: "So, what do you think of fake news?" I naturally have many thoughts and often find myself giving advice on how to best sniff it out.

  • Steve Dinnen
    Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 AM
    Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the first issue of dsmWealth, a free bi-monthly enewsletter put together by former business reporter Steve Dinnen. You can learn more and signup at 

    Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 AM
    A small apple orchard planted on the grounds of Iowa Lutheran Hospital last week will anchor an edible landscape project for the hospital to help its neighbors become more food-secure. 

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