Event Preview: 2016 Economic Forecast Luncheon


BY CHRIS CONETZKEY | Editor Business Record| @ChrisConetzkey

Oil. China. Agricultural prices dropping. Interest rates rising. Yes, the beginning of 2016 is off to a bit of a rocky start, as U.S. markets had their worst initial week of a new year in market history. So what does the future hold here in the United States, in Iowa and for your business? In advance of our Jan. 28 Economic Forecast Luncheon, we wanted to get our panelists’ thoughts on the economy in 2016. I’m excited to moderate this year’s event, and look forward to seeing you all there.

What is the most important thing businesses should know about the economy in 2016?

I remain optimistic about Iowa’s economy for 2016, but I would caution that we’ll not see as much activity as we’ve seen over the past few years. Continue reading Debi Durham’s response >>>

Statewide, Iowa’s economy looks sound. Jobs and population are growing, and there is much new investment. But state averages mask detail. Continue reading Dave Swenson’s response >>>

Date & Time: Thursday, Jan. 28 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel
Register: businessrecord.com/events

Moderator: Chris Conetzkey – Editor, Business Record

Dan Houston – President and CEO, Principal Financial Group Inc.

Debi Durham – Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Jim Paulsen – Chief investment strategist, Wells Capital Management 

Dave Swenson – Associate scientist of economics, Iowa State University

More more information visit: http://www.BusinessRecord.com

GCVAC to host IEDA Foreign Trade Team Tour

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will host members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority International Trade Offices (IEDA) for a familiarization tour on Dec. 8.

The purpose of the IEDA Foreign Trade Team tour is to become acquainted with actively exporting manufacturers in the Cedar Valley region. IEDA International Foreign Offices including China, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Taiwan, assist Iowa companies with global market research, trade missions and trade shows. The tours of the Cedar Valley will focus on IEDA’s efforts to enhance export competitiveness in the Asia Pacific markets, and to create more jobs in Iowa.

“More than 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the U.S., accounting for 70 percent of the world’s purchasing power,” Debi Durham, director of the IEDA, stated in a press release. “Exporting is important to Iowa’s economy because it results in new jobs right here in our state.”

The day will include a tour of the TechWorks campus in Waterloo with a demonstration of the 3D sandcast printer located in University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center Additive Manufacturing Lab, and tours of United Equipment Accessories and CPM Roskamp.

The Alliance & Chamber will host an Asia Executive Briefing & Market Overview at the Isle Casino Hotel Waterloo from 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Companies already exporting to Asia are encouraged to attend for the latest market briefing.

For more information about the IEDA International Trade Office familiarization tour of the Cedar Valley, contact Lisa Skubal, Vice President of Economic Development, Alliance & Chamber, lskubal@cedarvalleyalliance.com. Register for the Asia Executive Briefing & Market Overview through the Alliance & Chamber website’s event calendar at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com.