CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • This just in: A Quinnipiac poll released this morning officially shows Bernie Sanders leading Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race, 49 percent to 44 percent. Clinton led Sanders 51 percent to 40 percent less than a month ago, according to the story at KCCI-TV.
  • ICYMI, The Des Moines Register had a piece over the weekend documenting how “Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation.”
  • Industry Week says U.S. Manufacturing Technology orders were up for November but still down for 2015 as a whole. Up 2.2 percent from October to November, while year-to-date figures as of November were down 17.2 percent from the same period in 2014.
  • A news release from SmarTech Publishing makes “Five Predictions for Metal Additive Manufacturing in 2016,” with the first one being that metal “will become the major focus of major 3D players in 2016.” (CIRAS agrees.)
  • Meanwhile, car sales are up in Iowa and everywhere else, according to KCRG-TV. Iowa registered 3.2 percent more vehicles in 2015 than 2014.
  • Amidst all the tightening presidential polls, etc., Forbes has bound a somewhat unique angle to the caucuses: Municipal strategic plans. A column posted Monday suggests candidates can win in Iowa by focusing on “small businesses and economic opportunity” – items spelled out as chief concerns in the strategic plans for Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Sioux City and Council Bluffs.
  • In other municipal business concerns, The Waterloo Courier has a column by its business editor reviewing the annual Iowa Competitiveness Index from the Iowa Business Council. The general impression is that “Iowa isn’t quite making the grade.” Middling improvements in wages, but a slipping ranking in “knowledge jobs.”

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

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