CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, July 24, 2015

  • First the numbers: S. News & World Report has an AP story saying China’s manufacturing activity fell to a 15-month low in July.
  • Meanwhile, in an effort to chart where the economy isn’t slowing, Forbes has a piece on “The Cities Leading a U.S. Manufacturing Revival.” Revival appears to be defined as forward progress from what it used to be during the heart of the last recession. (Number One on the list is Detroit, which has regained roughly 40 percent of the jobs lost since 2008.)
  • Closer to home, according to the Des Moines Business Record, Iowa bankers believe we’ll have moderate economic growth through the rest of 2015.
  • Just fyi, the Area Development website has a list of $81 million in capital expansion projects that are planned for seven Iowa cities.
  • KWQC-TV did a story on a Tuesday meeting in Davenport where industry leaders talked about the need to recruit more women into manufacturing. (Here’s a story CIRAS did on the issue last year.)

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