Some Iowans are scratching their heads after Microsoft announced a new rural broadband plan that will improve access in three Iowa counties – which are primarily urban, reports the Des Moines Register. Microsoft is partnering with Quad Cities company Network Business Solutions to expand internet service in three Iowa counties, Illinois and South Dakota. But […]

Many U.S. employers are adopting new technology-enabled tools and solutions to address the root causes of the high cost of health care, without cutting benefits or increasing the financial burden on employees, according to a national survey of employer-sponsored plans by Mercer. Correspondingly, the survey found that for 2019, fewer than half of the responding […]

By Katharine Carlon | Corridor Business Journal A historic University of Iowa building erected in the 1930s to bring  the then-revolutionary “Iowa Idea” to life is being reincarnated as the state’s bold idea factory of the future. In what one UI official is calling a “game changer” that will boost  the school’s ability to support […]

NEW YORK TIMES: Iowan Ben Silbermann’s Pinterest may be a unicorn, but investors are frustrated over the platform’s cautious trajectory. The native Des Moines-ian is known for his low profile and “measures twice, cuts once” sensibilities, as the profile reports. Pinterest doesn’t intend to be an argument for the slow-growth mindset, but it might be the best model […]

Denim, a mobile advertising automation provider for financial services companies, announced four speakers for this year’s Denim Summit 2018, to be held downtown Des Moines on Oct. 24 and 25. Speakers include Scott Campbell, senior vice president and chief client officer at American National Insurance Company; Tim Hoskins, president of market research firm Quester; Jason […]

Registration is open for the public interested in hearing from 16 insurance startups at this year’s InsureTech Week, hosted by the Global Insurance Accelerator. From 2:30-5:30 p.m., international insuretech startups will do a Q&A-style interview presentation with representatives from the GIA at the Science Center of Iowa; breaks are scheduled to encourage networking. The public […]

The National Science Foundation awarded a five-year, $2 million grant to researchers at Iowa State University who developed a new machine-learning and mathematical modeling to plant breeding and farm management practices. Researchers plan to focus on three areas: harnessing mathematical models to better predict traits of crops; genomic selection, or the decisions plant breeders make […]

MidAmerican Energy is adding hundreds of smart sensors to electric lines in an effort to identify the source of power outages faster and send crews directly to the source, MidAmerican Energy announced on Wednesday. The devices, called remote fault indicators, attach to power lines and transmit outage and location details to MidAmerican Energy control room […]

Des Moines Area Community College has opened enrollment for its new Facebook and Digital Marketing Certificate. The certificate program is part of Facebook’s initiative to train 1 million people across the U.S. by 2020; the company has partnered with DMACC to arm individuals and small businesses with social media and digital marketing skills. Facebook has […]

Registration is open now for the fall session of Greater Des Moines Partnership’s biannual Raising Capital Seminar, scheduled this month for Sept. 27.  Sponsored by BrownWinick Law Firm, the day-long seminar takes participants from the basics of pitch decks to the intricacies of term sheets and negotiations, said Mike Colwell, executive director of entrepreneurial initiatives at […]