DES MOINES, IOWA (March 13, 2023) Iowa’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent in January, down from the 3.1 percent initially announced in December. Meanwhile, the US unemployment rate decreased to 3.4 percent. Iowa’s December unemployment rate was also revised to 3.0 percent.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 10, 2023) — The Quad Cities region ranked N° 6 in total number of large-scale economic investment projects on the Mississippi River Corridor, with a total of 24 projects according to Site Selection Magazine. The 2022 Governor’s Cup Awards ranked the QC behind only larger metros such as St Louis, Minneapolis, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Memphis.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 9, 2023) — The Iowa Business Council (IBC) released its annual, nonpartisan review of the state’s economic competitiveness. Known as Iowa’s Competitive Dashboard, the report measures the state’s standing nationally in five categories: economic growth; workforce and education; governance; health and wellness; and demographics and diversity.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 9, 2023) — This week, the Quad Cities Chamber announced the return of the Manufacturing Hub, a program to help local manufacturing companies and defense contractors grow.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 8, 2023) — The Iowa Business Council (IBC) will reveal its annual research report, Iowa’s Competitive Dashboard, during a virtual press conference at 9AM, Thursday, March 9. The organization’s signature report measures how Iowa competes nationally. IBC Chair and Collins Aerospace’s President of Mission Systems Phil Jasper will join IBC President Joe Murphy for an overview of the report’s findings and recommendations during the unveiling.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (March 7, 2023) — Sixteen bankers from banks across the state helped kick off Iowa PBS’ annual pledge drive, known as Festival, which continues through March 12. Volunteers answered pledge phones from 5-10PM to help raise $18,270.62 for the public television network.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 6, 2023) — Five Iowa high-school seniors received a 2023 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament on March 3-4 in Des Moines. One student from each class was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of her choice.

Scholarship recipients included:

Class 1A: Emma Erickson, Newell-Fonda High School, Newell

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 6, 2023) — State Auditor Rob Sand announced today that he will vote against tax-payer funds being used to pay half of a discrimination lawsuit against the University of Iowa Athletic Department during Director Gary Barta’s tenure, unless Barta is no longer employed by the Department. If approved by the State Appeal Board, the settlement would cost Iowa tax-payers $2 million dollars.

BETTENDORF, IOWA (March 3, 2023) — The Quad Cities Chamber has released the 2022 Q4 Market Report for the Quad Cities region. The report provides trends and data to help inform companies doing business within the region. Each report provides an economic analysis for the quarter by Dr Kenneth A Kriz, Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Illinois.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (March 3, 2023) — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday released bank performance data for the fourth quarter and year ending on December 31, 2022. At Iowa banks, strong loan growth continued and asset quality measures remained favorable albeit with modest deterioration.