CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, October 2, 2015

  • CIRAS has been working hard with Elevate Iowa, ISU Extension and Outreach and others to bring Manufacturing Day to as many people as possible. That coordination means there will be 128 Manufacturing Day events in Iowa starting today and spread over the next month. At least one in every county.  Click the link and/or go to com  for more details.
  • Despite the festivities, Reuters cites the Chicago Purchasing Index as evidence that manufacturing in the U.S. Midwest took a downturn in September, and another “manufacturing gauge on the upper Midwest region fell to its lowest level since 2009.”
  • In a similar vein, the Wall Street Journal cites slow growth overseas, a strong dollar and “bloated inventories” as problems that are weighing down the U.S. economy.
  • ICMYI, our friends at Elevate Iowa (an initiative of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)) earlier this week named its first-ever group of six Legends in Manufacturing. The Des Moines Register had the list.
  • And in other news, The Cedar Rapids Gazette has a story on Iowa’s DOT head being elected president of a national transportation group.
  • Also, U.S. Sec. of Education Arne Duncan is resigning at the end of the year. Find the Washington Post story here.

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