A screenshot shows the food recovery platform’s Daily Route Planner, which food insecurity nonprofits will use to manage drivers and routes of food pickup and deliveries. This platform is in development, and the final portal design is subject to change. Screenshots provided by Polk County IT Department Can food insecurity be addressed through a software […]

Can food insecurity be addressed through a software program? With custom software created for area nonprofits, Polk County’s IT Department is developing the answer.  Tasked by the Polk County Board of Supervisors in early summer 2019, Polk County developers began studying up to 15 nonprofits addressing food insecurity and hunger in the county to learn […]

Oakland Corp., a software and IT solutions developer for grain elevators and cooperatives, is opening an office at the Iowa State University Research Park, the company announced this week. Founded in Story City, Oakland provides integrated software managing grain, agronomy and fuel; a point of sale product; and scale and field mapping interfaces. 

Inc. Magazine ranked Rocket Referrals No. 75 out of the 250 Most Successful Companies in the Midwest. The Des Moines-based communications software platform, which is mistakenly listed as being headquartered in Indiana, is the highest ranked of three Iowa companies: McClure Engineering of Clive was ranked No. 120, and Moxie Solar of Iowa City, No. 127. 

The city of Johnston’s operating budget, available for public viewing through Johnston Open Finance. Screencap/City of Johnston Johnston residents keeping an eye on the city’s finances have a new tool to simplify the process.  The city’s public Open Finance dashboard publishes the city’s entire budget and spending line items — down to the vendor and […]

As companies compete to attract parents and kids with back-to-school specials, one Des Moines startup has placed an eye on a piece of the classroom unserved by many startups.  Trokt, an online platform and mobile application designed to facilitate legal mediation record-keeping, is seeking headway to connect with the families of disabled or special-needs students […]

The Iowa Division of Workers’ Compensation has launched a web-based filing system for attorneys, workers, employers and insurers. The new Workers’ Compensation Electronic System will allow the division to transition from paper filing to electronic filing, the agency said in a release. “WCES will bring the Iowa work comp system into the 21st century,” said […]

Microsoft is releasing an open-source software development kit called ElectionGuard that will use encryption techniques to let voters know when their vote is counted ahead of the 2020 election cycle, reports Iowa Public Radio. ElectionGuard will allow officials and third parties to verify election results to make sure there was no interference with the results. Voters […]

Ames-based data compliance software provider Workiva has opened two new offices in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France, the company announced this week. Workiva also has offices in Amsterdam and London, as well as in 12 U.S. cities and two Canadian cities. French and German companies are struggling with global statutory reporting, Workiva said, and beginning […]

Technology-related employment in Iowa grew by more than 1,000 new jobs in 2018, the Corridor Business Journal reports. In an annual assessment, CompTIA reported net tech employment in Iowa grew by an estimated 1,014 jobs in 2018, a 1.1% increase over 2017. Growth was driven by new software and web development positions (up 3.6%) and computer […]