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  • Exclusive: The ‘unique’ moving, colorful art planned for new parking garage
    BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 2:00 PM

    Imagine circling through a multistory parking garage, becoming frazzled as you search for somewhere to park. Now, imagine that experience driving through slowly rotating patchworks of colors, causing you to feel as if you’re floating on a rainbow. Finding a parking space becomes a much more enjoyable experience.



  • The push to raise $5.5 million
    BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Friday, September 13, 2019 6:00 AM
    Supporters of Mainframe Studios are making an ambitious push to raise $5.5 million in the next two years to pay for the completion of renovations in the building that houses affordable workspaces for artists and low-cost office space for nonprofit arts groups.

  • Making the leap to direct primary care
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, September 13, 2019 6:00 AM
    In a typical primary care physician practice, it’s not uncommon for health insurance and other overhead expenses to swallow the majority of every dollar spent on care. An alternative practice model known as direct primary care, however, puts the majority spent in the practice back into patient care, says Dr. Jon Van Der Veer. 

  • A Closer Look: Amber Lynch
    BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Friday, September 13, 2019 6:00 AM

    Amber Lynch studied Spanish and anthropology as an undergraduate, majors that could be considered a leap from community planning. Lynch, though, would disagree.


  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, September 13, 2019 6:00 AM
    A visit to a grocery store or big-box retailer can already seem like a futuristic endeavor, particularly for those who remember the days when fast-fingered clerks made mechanical cash registers hum as they swiftly keyed in the prices by hand. In many cases, customers can now skip any human interaction as they scan, bag and carry out their purchases. 

    How will technology and artificial intelligence drive further changes in the retail industry and its workforce? It’s a potentially messier prospect than a wet cleanup in Aisle 3, and one that will affect about 16 million U.S. workers who clock in at traditional retail jobs. 

  • A Closer Look: Nadilia Gomez
    BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, September 6, 2019 6:00 AM
    Now the executive director at the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator, Nadilia Gomez grew up in Panama City, Panama, but developed a passion for agriculture as she visited her grandmother’s hometown, a small farming community without electricity where her family took a 45-minute walk to their water source. 

  • 10-year-old sculpture park sparks economic development in Western Gateway
    BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Friday, September 6, 2019 6:00 AM
    Property values have tripled in the Western Gateway in the past 20 years. Since the addition of the sculpture park 10 years ago, values have increased at an even faster rate.

  • Social Club could become public market
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Wednesday, September 4, 2019 2:32 PM
    Community leaders today announced they are exploring the feasibility of converting much of the financially troubled Des Moines Social Club into a public market.

  • Federal courthouse breaks ground, exceeds height limit
    BY KATHY A. BOLTEN
    Friday, August 30, 2019 6:00 AM
    The Des Moines City Council in 2003, anticipating construction of the Principal Riverwalk, amended the zoning ordinance to add what it called the Downtown Riverfront District.

  • Smart Ag
    BY KATE HAYDEN
    Friday, August 30, 2019 6:00 AM
    As an up-and-coming startup in the agtech industry, the people behind Ames-based Smart Ag have experienced the startup scramble once or twice. 

  • A Closer Look: Brent Vander Waal
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, August 30, 2019 6:00 AM
    Brent Vander Waal, currently president and chief operating officer of ITA Group, will become president and CEO of the company effective Sept. 1.

  • Monday, August 26, 2019 3:38 PM
    PrairieFire Wealth Planning, a Des Moines-based independent investment advisory team led by industry veteran Matt Meline, announced it will join Indianapolis-based Sanctuary Wealth. 

  • M&A Slowdown?
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 AM
    The same uncertainty that has tested the stock market in recent weeks could rattle the mergers and acquisitions world in coming months, experts say. 

  • Iowa’s New Buzz
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 AM

    The fake real estate office in New York City was just the beginning.  Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Tourism Office and others in June launched an integrated campaign that is big on facts and flash. They call it “This Is Iowa.”


  • A Closer Look: Dr. Rebecca Lundquist
    BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, August 23, 2019 6:00 AM
    Two years ago, Dr. Rebecca Lundquist stepped down as director of outpatient psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts so she could focus more of her time on training newly minted physicians in the Boston area to be psychiatrists. Lundquist, who has 25 years of medical education experience paired with her work as an outpatient psychiatrist, was hired in February by Broadlawns Medical Center and UnityPoint Health to lead the jointly administered psychiatry residency program that was launched last year.

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