CIRAS Digest: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

  • John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum
    John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum

    Iowa Economic Development Authority boss Debi Durham toured the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum . She told the Waterloo Courier that all the past stuff got her thinking about the future. (Think “Innovation.”)

  • The Des Moines Register has an opinion piece in which State Sen. Joe Bolkcom essentially argues that an Iowa Board of Regents to rejigger how universities get money – essentially, to base more of the budget on a campus’ proportionate share of Iowans educated – actually will lead to a drop in the per-pupil money for universities. Thus, he argues, the plan will lead to tuition hikes and higher debt for the soon-to-be-sought-after Iowa students. Bolkcom represents Iowa City.
  • A Michigan news site is reporting that 400 jobs will be created there over the next five years. Indiana-based RV maker Forest River Manufacturing, a competitor to Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, is launching three new product lines at a facility in White Pigeon, Mich.
  • The Tulsa (Okla.) World says that city’s mayor wants to expand a program there that involves businesses teaming up with high schools to mentor students in STEM classes.
  • And last but not least, in case you know someone who really, really wants to find work as a bartender. New York City is lowing manufacturing jobs but gaining service jobs like crazy, according to

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