FYI: Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Des Moines Water Works is threating to use the courts to spur increased water regulation.

“We’re not out there to seek damages,” said Graham Gillette, chairman of the waterworks board told The Des Moines Register. “We’re really out there to seek this permitting and regulatory process. This isn’t about us recouping losses or protecting our individual asset. It’s about protecting Iowa waterways.”

  • Bettendorf is pondering the Main Street Iowa program as an economic development tool, according to the Quad City Times.
  • A northeastern Pennsylvania newspaper has a story on the challenges for manufacturers in hiring millennials to replace aging babyboomers. The bottom line is they need to be educated differently. Beaver County Community College is using 3-D printers to feed millenials’ desire for instant gratification. They see the results of their labor more quickly.
  • The Des Moines Business Record has a list of the top economic wishes for Central Iowa in 2015 – at least according to Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa Association of Business and Industry and the Iowa Economic Development Authority.
  • And Iowa Public Radio is just one part of the media universe  talking today about the U.S. adding 252,000 jobs in December. Unemployment fell to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent in November. The Register says Iowa’s unemployment rate inched up, from 4.2 percent to 4.3 percent, during that same period.

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