CIRAS DIGEST: Monday, April 11, 2016

· ICYMI, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad last week signed the bill creating a 10-year, $10 million state biochemical tax credit program. According to the Quad City Times, Branstad called it “a big deal” that will “get us in the position so we can build new, cutting-edge bio-industries.”

· The Sioux City Journal’s editorial board weighed in on Sunday to agree about that whole “big deal” assessment.

· In case you were wondering, CNN Money wants you to know that “American Manufacturing isn’t Dead Yet.” It does, however, need more skilled workers according to this version of a story you’ve read before.

· In that vein, the Tampa Bay Tribune has a story about one community’s effort to lure young people into manufacturing. It involves a $200,000, two-year marketing campaign and a bunch of money going into equipment, training and scholarships.

· In case you’re interested, Forbes has a list of the top 10 manufacturing jobs that saw the biggest raises last year.

· And ZDNet last week had news of a new technique for 3-D printing workable robots – complete with hydraulics.

· In other news, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds is heading to Israel next week on an economic development trip, according to WQAD-TV’s version of an AP story.

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