Reported in the Des Moines Register – March 5, 2014
State lawmakers in 2013 passed new legislation allowing for Tuesday’s vote. Iowa law requires that all of the revenue from the increase be used to pay for the refund and that the increase only last for seven years.
The franchise fee increase had already been approved by the City Council, pending Tuesday’s vote. It will go into effect for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Customers can expect to see the increase after that date, City Manager Rick Clark said.
This month’s Legislative Coffee centered on the Home Base Iowa Act, and featured panelists Rep. Stan Gustafson, Rep. Kevin Koester, Adam Gregg (Gov. Branstand Legislative Liaison), Mary Bontrager (Exec. VP Workforce Dev., Greater Des Moines Partnership), Linda Rouse (Iowa Workforce Development), Cpt. Kathy Barton (Iowa National Guard), and Bob Myers (President & CEO, Casey’s).
Rep. Kevin Koester challenged chamber members to become Home Base Iowa businesses and to hire veterans. The panel discussed the tremendous skill sets that veterans are able to offer businesses, and their commitment to being on time and dependable employees.
For more information on how your business can become a Home Base Iowa business, visit: http://www.homebaseiowa.org/
Reported in the Des Moines Register
Des Moines city officials, saying they wanted to preserve the most iconic views of the downtown skyline, voted Wednesday to allow a Bankers Trust sign on only one side of the Ruan Center.
Bankers Trust, the largest bank based in Iowa, proposed lighted signs more than 50 feet long on each side of the office tower.
The city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments decided to allow a sign on only the north side of the building. The signs require a variance from the city’s signage ordinance.
Via the Business Record/KCCI:
Des Moines city leaders voted Monday to approve the construction of a new Hy-Vee grocery store on Court Avenue.
The new development is planned for the parking lot at Fourth Street and Grand Avenue next to the Polk County Courthouse. Knapp Properties and Hy-Vee have a plan to build a new urban-style grocery store along with 60 apartments and a parking garage. Some critics say the Hy-Vee should be closer to roads with more traffic like Martin Luther King Parkway. But Hy-Vee representatives said the company wants to attract people, not cars. ”For the long term this is where a grocery store, and really, a neighborhood grocery store, needs to be and we’re excited to be that grocery store because Des Moines is our home base,” said Hy-Vee’s Peter Hosch.
Des Moines Register – Feb. 21
A lot on the edge of a popular downtown Des Moines entertainment district would be developed to include a Hy-Vee Food Store, apartments and a parking garage, under a recommendation the City Council will consider on Monday.
The proposed 2.3-acre development from Hy-Vee and Knapp Properties was one of five considered for the city-owned parking lot at 420 Court Ave.