CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

  • A story in The Des Moines Register says Templeton Rye, the Iowa whiskey that really isn’t an Iowa whiskey, has reached a tentative deal to settle some class-action lawsuits alleging that the company intentionally misled customers.
  • Iowa officials have added six more sites to a list of parcels that have been certified as “development ready” by an outside consultant working with the Iowa Economic Development Authority. According to the Quad City Times, the program was created with four additional sites in 2012 and is still waiting to land its first project. (Although the article mentions one attempt that apparently was close.) The new sites are in Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Norwalk, Marion, Mason City and Perry.
  • As far as Mason City is concerned, this “development ready” business is a good deal.
  • ICYMI, there was a decent recap in the Cedar Rapids Gazette over the weekend about Iowa DOT Director Paul Trombino and the fallout of his statement that Iowa’s network of roads will be shrinking.
  • The Des Moines Register had an opinion column from the heads of chamber of commerce groups in Des Moines and Ames on Sunday urging Iowa to “move aggressively to capitalize on this burgeoning industry” of biofuels.

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