Reported in the Business Record – 8/19/14
Even as an out-of-state buyer has filed a letter of intent to purchase the Riverfront YMCA, which sits on a prime development lot, a local preservationist is seeking to protect the 57-year-old building by having it declared a historical landmark, reports DesMoinesRegister.com. If Jack Porter, a former city councilman and a preservation consultant, is successful in getting the building declared a landmark, it would put hurdles in the way of altering or demolishing it.
Reported in the Business Record, 8-7-14
The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa State University, and Global Spectrum, which runs Wells Fargo Arena, are bidding to host the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Wells Fargo Arena in past years has held Division I wrestling and women’s basketball championships, and Des Moines hosted the men’s and women’s track championships in 2008, 2011 and 2012. Dan Houston, president of retirement, insurance and financial services with Principal Financial Group Inc., is the honorary chair of a local committee charged with getting the tourney to Des Moines, said Greg Edwards, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a news release.
Reported in the Business Record – July 30, 2014
Greater Des Moines residents are invited to the final cultural “Community Conversation” at 5 p.m. Thursday at the State Historical Building of Iowa, located at 600 E. Locust St. The event, presented by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to help shape the future of arts, history and culture in Iowa. It’s also being held to focus on developing revitalization plans for the State Historical Building. More information can be found on the DCA’s website. Those who wish to attend can also RSVP online.
Reported in the Business Record – July 28, 2014
Have an idea to start your own business? A University of Iowa program coming to Des Moines this fall can help.
The Venture School program is part of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and helps entrepreneurs to quickly build and test their products and concepts. Registration for the first session is required by Aug. 1.
“The best validation of your business model is having somebody actually buy a product, and if you wait a year to do that, that’s really too late,” said Lynn Allendorf, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa.
So the Venture School program speeds up the process by using a lean startup methodology developed in part at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley and supported by the National Science Foundation.
“Basically it’s a way to help entrepreneurs vet their ideas before they write a business plan and spend a year developing a product,” Allendorf said.
That vetting process includes things such as defining who the businesses’ customers are and how they are going to reach customers, and how they are going to distribute their product.