Moravia is nestled high up in the divide between the Missouri and the Mississippi rivers. The plain slopes gently to the east. The acreage outside of town is mainly devoted to ranching today. Most subsistence farming has given way to modern conveniences to stores. In town, as the locals refer to Moravia, it is a close-knit community, which is the best part of living here, says Mayor Roy Miller.
Well, it's a nice little town, says the mayor. “It has a population of about 650,” he adds, filling in the history of this small town in southeastern Iowa. “It was starte...
The recent merger of the Centerville Chamber of Commerce, Main Street Centerville, and the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation into a single dynamic organization is the culmination of discussions between the groups over the past year. In 2021 the combined forces will operate as PACT, Promoting Appanoose and Centerville Together. The members of all parties are excited about the change and the opportunities they hope to bring to the residents and businesses of Appanoose County.
John Cosby, long-time Centerville merchant, who sat on the boards of two of the groups, now vice-president of the new PACT board, is excited about the merger...
There’s more good news for Iowa’s economy.
Iowa manufacturers anticipate strong sales in the second quarter, according to results of the latest ABI Quarterly Iowa Business Survey.
“This is fabulous news for Iowans,” said ABI President Mike Ralston, “especially when you consider the pandemic and where we were a year ago.”
65% of survey respondents expect sales to expand over the next quarter. That’s compared to 55% in Q1 2021 and 47% one year ago.
Ralston attributes the extra growth to pent up demand and low inventories.
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If you’re like most professionals, you spent a lot of time in virtual meetings in 2020 and will in 2021 — more than you ever thought possible in, say, 2015. And if you’re like most professionals meeting virtually, you’ve lamented the fact that they could be better.
Virtual meetings suffer many of the same drawbacks as traditional meetings, including poor organization, bloated time slots and disinterested attendees. But they also suffer from a batch of problems uniquely their own, including intermittent delays, connectivity issues and the dreaded patterns of ongoing interruptions.
And of course, virtual meetings aren’t going anywhere. Many businesses that transitioned t...
Many would-be entrepreneurs spend a lot of time trying to think of the next big thing. Most end up spinning their wheels and never getting a new venture off the ground. It’s hard to come up with an original business idea. However, if you look at some of the most successful businesses in the world, you'll find that they aren't based on new ideas at all.
The truth is that you don't have to be original to start a successful business. Many startups succeed in crowded markets by doing their homework and executing their business plans. Nerd Wallet, for example, succeeded amon...
Melissa Worrel-Johnson starts every work day with a cup of coffee while logging on to her computer. She works remotely. As she sits down at her desk, her colleagues are stepping out of cars and buses before pushing open heavy glass doors leading to banks of elevators. It’s even a little less overcast outside as they descend upon the upper floors of a fourteen-story tower near the interstate in Des Moines. Back at home in Centerville, Melissa turns on her desk lamp, a pool of warm light spills onto her desk, relaxed and ready to work.
A quick step back i...
Why would my community want to attract a REMOTE WORKFORCE? -- To grow your economy, of course! The coronavirus pandemic has affected U.S. workplaces in many ways, including transitioning many employees to remote work. As some businesses begin to welcome employees back to the office, many remote workers, about two-thirds to be exact, are opting to continue working remotely, according to a GALLUP POLL. Attracting remote workers should now be a priority for all economic developers.
WHY WOULD MY COMMUNITY WANT TO ATTRACT A REMOTE WORKFORCE?
Remote workers can bring many benefits to the communities they choose to live in. Just like any othe...