CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  • In the this-just-in department: The Des Moines Register says Facebook plans to break ground this summer on its third data center in Altoona. This apparently will be the first time that Facebook has ever added a third building at a location.
  • The Register earlier this week reminded us that Iowa still has a horrible record when it comes to women-owned businesses. The latest version of a study of “economic clout” shows Iowa again is at the bottom of the list when it comes to women-owned enterprises. We’ve been at or near there since the study began in 2011.
  • Meanwhile, another wave of manufacturing index numbers are in. Among the highlights: Forbes says China manufacturing is flat, while ABC has an Associated Press story that insists U.S. manufacturing accelerated in May for the first time this year.
  • But Fox Business says manufacturing in the Midwest “slipped into contraction” last month, adding that this is “casting doubt on a widely expected bounceback for the U.S. economy in the second quarter.”
  • Meanwhile, the BBC uses last month’s opening of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute in Illinois to discuss efforts to revitalize the American manufacturing industry via technology.
  • The Cedar Rapids Gazette has a piece about how tax-increment financing remains a controversial tool used by local governments for economic development.
  • In other economic development news, the Gazette has a story on how an acute shortate of affordable housing is adding to the difficulties in luring workers to rural iowa.
  • And in technical news, a news site for the 3-D Printing industry has a piece on how wire-fed additive manufacturing may be the wave of the future – as opposed to other ways of 3-D printing metal, such as using metal dust and a laser to build an item one layer at a time.
  • And CNBC cites Iowa’s status as one of 25 right-to-work state as part of its description of a “workplace war” across the country. Wisconsin’s decision to join our team earlier this year now means the issue is at a “tipping point,” according to the network.

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