CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

  • This AP story on a Houston TV station’s site says U.S. manufacturing jumped in June and manufacturers added more employees.
  • Meanwhile, USA Today acknowledges the slight increase in growth points to another statistic to note that factory orders dropped 1 percent in May. Reuters phrases it this way: “U.S. consumer confidence rises; manufacturing still soft.”
  • Closer to home, The Cedar Rapids Gazette note that the state of Iowa’s tax collections topped $8 billion at the recent close of the fiscal year. That’s the first time in history.
  • And speaking of potential highs, the Storm Lake Pilot Tribune has a special report about a hemp activist’s plan to educate about the plant’s role in “cultivating opportunity.” There will be a town hall meeting at some not-yet-scheduled location on Aug. 23.
  • The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Development Group put out survey last week citing the lack of available skilled workers as the chief concern among businesses along the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor. KCRG-TV says the results are based on opinions from 150 area executives. Combined, they reported 1,400 unfilled jobs.
  • Sticking with Cedar Rapids economic development issues, the Gazette has a story about Eastern Iowa Airport its request now pending before the Iowa Economic Development Authority to have 700 development-ready acres near the airport designated as the state’s first “super park.”

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