Economy And Employment

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111
August 19 – 21
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate Revisited — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
101
June 3 – 5
Iowa’s Business & Economic Climate — Iowa’s economy is a mixed bag. The agricultural sector is in a slump and gaps exist in worker training and skill sets, but other elements are on the rise.
Categories: Economy and Employment, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)/Des Moines
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business & Industry/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Dave DeVault, John Deere Waterloo Works/Waterloo
  • Michael Libbie, “Insight on Business”/Des Moines
84
February 5 – 7
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
76
Dec. 11 – 13
Student Debt in 2015 — Student debt in this country is now more than one-point-two trillion dollars…that’s more than Americans hold in credit card debt or car loans. And the amount of per-student debt has nearly doubled from just a decade ago.
Categories: Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Mario Rossi, Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Madeline Meyer, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Raymond Starks, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Madison Cowmeadow, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Mariah Lewis, KDRA Radio, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
75
Dec. 4 – 6
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
67
Oct. 9-11
Brain Drain — Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant, and despite efforts to entice young people to stay, many Iowa college graduates are still leaving the state. And that raises concerns about the health and future of our state’s economy.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
64
Sept. 19-20
Lottery Ticket Sales & Income — Household incomes where seven of the top 10 Iowa Lottery retailers exist are below the state median. What impact does that have, especially on whether people get treatment for gambling addiction?
Categories: Business & Consumer Affairs, Economy & Employment
Guests:

  • Mary Neubauer, vice president for external relations, Iowa Lottery/Des Moines
  • Cheissa Malloy, ticket purchaser/Cedar Rapids
  • Frances Siddique, store owner/Cedar Rapids
  • Debra Buckner, gambling treatment counselor, Pathways Behavioral Services/Waterloo
  • Makayla Tendall, IowaWatch/ISU
60
August 21-23
Student Debt in 2015 — Student debt in this country is now more than one-point-two trillion dollars…that’s more than Americans hold in credit card debt or car loans. And the amount of per-student debt has nearly doubled from just a decade ago.
Categories: Education, Economy and Employment
Guests:

  • Mario Rossi, Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Madeline Meyer, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Raymond Starks, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Madison Cowmeadow, Drake University senior/Des Moines
  • Mariah Lewis, KDRA Radio, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
55
July 17-19
Iowa’s Workforce Revisited — There’s a gap between the jobs that are available in Iowa and the skill set of workers to fill those jobs. We’ll revisit how to best prepare workers for the jobs that are actually available, create a better workplace, and rethink the entire concept of work.
Categories: Economy, Employment
Guests:

  • Steve Dust, executive director, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/
    Waterloo
  • Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • David Swenson, associate scientist, ISU Department of Economics/Ames
  • Todd McDonald, president, ATW Training and Consulting/Urbandale
  • Sean Abbas, president, The Threads, Inc./Waterloo
  • Mike Rowe, host of “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”, CNN/San Francisco
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
51
June 19-21
Brain Drain in Iowa — Brain drain — the exodus of young and well-educated individuals from a Iowa’s economy — raises plenty of concerns about the health and future of a state’s economy. Iowa’s population has remained largely stagnant over several decades and state efforts to entice young workers to stay are not working as well as some involved in the state’s economic development efforts would like.
Categories: Government and Politics, Education
Guests:

  • Joey Wolfe, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • Tina Hoffman, Marketing and Communications Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority/Des Moines
  • Jacquelyn Smith, 2015 Iowa State University graduate/Ames
  • Emma Jones, 2015 Simpson College graduate/Indianola
  • Joey Gale, 2015 Drake University graduate/Des Moines
  • U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch
27
January 2-4
The Year In Review: 2014 — IowaWatch has covered a variety of stories in 2014, about the key issues facing Iowans. This program includes a discussion of those topics, including traffic cameras, meth addiction, the treatment of college students who are here from other countries, payday loans, and more
Categories: Government, Health, Education, Economy, Agriculture
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry, IowaWatch/UI Journalism Professor
  • Kelsey Block, IowaWatch/UI
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
25
December 20-21
Payday Loans Revisited — For many who are in trouble financially, their only option is to get money from a payday loan or “E-Z cash” business. But the fees, charges and interest that go with that can lead to big trouble down the road.
Categories: Economy, Government
Guests:

  • Randy Johnson, Iowa Division of Banking/Des Moines
  • Jessica Whitney, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines
  • Jamie Fulmer, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Advance America Cash Advance/Greenville, S.C.*
  • Brian Curtis, former payday loan user/Davenport*
  • Hans Hassell, Assistant Professor of Politics, Cornell College/Mt. Vernon*
  • William Brauch, Iowa Attorney General’s Office/Des Moines*
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

24
December 13-14
Community Colleges Revisited — Iowa’s community colleges have evolved to meet the changing needs of society, forging new partnerships with four-year colleges and the private sector to enhance career opportunities for students
Categories: Education, Employment, Government
Guests:

  • David Ball, director of admissions, Hawkeye Community College/Waterloo
  • Andy Pattee, superintendent, Cedar Falls Community Schools/Cedar Falls
  • Mick Starcevich, president, Kirkwood Community College/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Belfield, general manager of The Hotel at Kirkwood/Cedar Rapids
  • Mike Ralston, president, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • Michele Farrell, CEO, Measured Intentions/Urbandale
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
23
December 6-7
Turning Garbage Into Gas Revisited — What if we could turn our everyday trash into fuel that could power our cars? That time is closer than you think, and Iowa is on the forefront of this new technology. It’s called “trashanol”, turning garbage into gas.
Categories: Government, Energy, Economy
Guests:

  • Allen “Snooks” Bouska, Mayor/Marion*
  • Dave Elias, Landfill Superintendent/Iowa City*
  • Matt Hayek, Mayor/Iowa City*
  • Jeff Mitchell, dean, industrial technologies, Kirkwood Comm. College/Cedar Rapids
  • Gabriella Dunn, IowaWatch/UI

*denotes audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

17
October 25-26
College Student Debt Revisited – It costs more than ever to go to college, and that means student debt is now higher than ever. We’ll talk with students about how they plan to pay that debt off and with administrators about why it costs so much to begin with.
Categories: Education, Economy
Guests:

  • Roberta Johnson, director of financial aid, ISU/Ames
  • Jonathan Fox, director of financial counseling clinic, ISU/Ames
  • Gisella Baker, director of financial aid, Hawkeye Community College/Waterloo
  • Colleen Murphy, vice president for enrollment, Cornell College/Mount Vernon
  • Jessica Magill, student, William Penn/Oskaloosa*
  • Shelby Brink, student, Drake/Des Moines*
  • Jake Bemis, student, UNI/Cedar Falls*
  • Marisa La Greca, student, UI/Iowa City*
  • Ryan Ashe, student, UI/Iowa City*
  • Melanie Mackey, IowaWatch/William Penn

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

13
September 27-28
Thinking Globally — How important is an understanding of the world in business? Some feel having global experiences is important as related to the job market, and more and more schools are integrating these concepts.
Categories: Education, Economy
Guests:

  • Crystal Buzza, director of strategic partnerships, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Sherice Ortman, international baccalaureate and advanced programs coordinator, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Ryan Rohlf, 2014 Simpson College graduate/Indianola*
  • Maria Cochran, study abroad coordinator, Des Moines Area Community College/Ankeny*
  • Leah Otieno, 2014 Simpson College graduate, Kenya native/Indianola*
  • Steffi Lee, IowaWatch/Simpson College

*audio taken from previous IowaWatch material

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