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

#innovationIOWA Celebrate Business & Economic Impact Award Winners Announced

Presented by the Partnership and the Business Record, the Celebrate Business and Economic Impact awards promote the development of the Greater Des Moines business community by publicly recognizing innovative and enduring business initiatives in our community.

The 2015 Economic Impact Award winners are:
American Enterprise Group, Delta Dental of Iowa, DuPont Pioneer, Merchants Bonding Company, Microsoft, Principal Financial Group, and Wells Fargo

The 2015 Celebrate Business Award winners are:

Community Champion:
Christensen Development & Nationwide
Best Kept Secret:
Businessolver & Community Housing Initiatives
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Best Workplace for YPs: 
Happy Medium
Life Long Learning:
INS Family of Companies

The awards lunch will be Wednesday, November 4 at the Sheraton West Des Moines. Click here to register.