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Art and Economic Development? Learn How to Make it Work at the Iowa Arts Summit

In the seven years since the Pappajohn Sculpture Park was built in downtown Des Moines, the surrounding area has spiffed up in remarkable ways. Trendy restaurants replaced run-down auto shops. Shiny corporate offices lined up shoulder to shoulder. Just last weekend, the area hosted the Des Moines Arts Festival and more than 200,000 visitors. It’s a great example of creative development, right? Right. But what if your city doesn’t have the same resources? What if nobody in town has a $40 million of sculpture just lying around?

Funding Available for Iowa Communities to Remove Nuisance Property

A new program has been launched by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to help communities clean up blighted properties and dilapidated or unsafe structures, and Iowa's smaller communities receive first priority to tap into the available funds.

NewBoCo to Take Over EntreFEST

EntreFEST, the annual statewide gathering of entrepreneurs and business leaders, has a new home. The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, Inc. (NewBoCo), out of Cedar Rapids, has reached an agreement with the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI) to assume responsibility of all aspects of this wildly popular event, effective immediately.

Nominations Open for DMACC Small Business Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Des Moines Area Community College Small Business Awards. But hurry! Application deadline is June 30.

Five Iowa Businesses Selected for Business Development and Expansion Projects

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has awarded a total of $40,000 to five Main Street programs around the state via the Open 4 Business grant program. The goal of the program is to further develop the economic vitality in Iowa’s Main Street districts.

SBA's Boots to Business - An Entrepreneurial Opportunity for Veterans

Are you a veteran, active National Guard or Reservist who is interested in starting your own business? If so, now may be the perfect time to take the leap!



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