CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, March 15, 2015

  • The Sioux City Journal reported Monday (according to this Tuesday story from KCCI-TV) that a San Diego-based company is looking to plop a $200 million wind farm in rural Plymouth County. If approved, that’s roughly 100 windmills that would be built between Le Mars and Kingsley.
  • ICYMI, the Omaha World-Herald had a piece over the weekend on how “The Commodities Biz is in the tank” and why that’s “bad news for Nebraska, Iowa.”
  • Meanwhile, in the never-ending presidential campaign, talk of manufacturing has bubbled up once more:
    • The Financial Times has a story about Hillary Clinton’s vows to “bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.”;
    • U.S. News & World Report has an opinion piece from a pro-Clinton Ohio congressman detailing her manufacturing plan;
    • Conservative-leaning (and allegedly pro-Trump) Breitbart News is quoting a Trump advisor as saying that Ohio Gov. John Kasich would be “signing the death warrant for Ohio manufacturing” by continuing Kasich’s support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.
    • And last but not least, The New Yorker explains “Why Donald Trump is Wrong about Manufacturing Jobs and China.” [Short version = It’s more nuanced than “China is killing us.” Reshoring is working, but returning jobs aren’t necessarily blue collar.]
  • In related news, Shanghai Daily says China lands to open the door to allowing more foreign investment in service and manufacturing businesses there.
  • If you’re interested, the Kansas City Star recently published a bunch of numbers explaining how “Manufacturing is Big Business in KC, but maybe not as big as in the past.”
  • And, ICYMI, the Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 last week to approve the 346-mile Bakken oil pipeline across the state. According to The Des Moines Register, construction could start this spring, although permits are still needed and opponents have vowed to continue the fight.

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