November 18, 2020

Legislative Update

Jim Carney , Doug Struyk, & Jenny Dorman provided a legeslative update during the Law Update class on November 18th.

March 5, 2020

Pro Iowa Update

The featured speaker was Niki DePhillips, Senior Vice President with Kum & Go. Niki  shared details about Pro Iowa, the initiative to bring a professional soccer team and stadium to Central Iowa.

February 19, 2020

City of Bondurant Update

The featured speaker was Marketa Oliver, City Administrator for the City of Bondurant. Marketa presented on Project Bluejay (Amazon) and reviewed other recent developments, current projects and future plans in the City of Bondurant.

February 6, 2020

University Redevelopment Plan

The featured speaker was Chris Shires, Urban Designer and Planner with Confluence. Chris presented the redevelopment plan for the University Avenue corridor in West Des Moines and Clive, stretching from 22nd/86th Street to I-35/80.

January 2, 2020

Ag Update

The featured speaker was Randy Hertz, CEO of Hertz Farmland Management. Randy reviewed the current status of ag land values, crop yields, commodity prices, the U.S.-China trade disputes & tariffs, the federal farm aid program and farmland sales activity.

November 7, 2019

Des Moines Area Integrated Corridor Management Project

The featured speaker was Neal Fobian, P.E. with the Iowa Department of Transportation. Neal spoke  on the Des Moines Area Integrated Corridor Management Project.

August 1, 2019

Downtown E-Scooters

The featured speaker was Mike Armstrong, Director of Planning and Communications for the Street Collective of Greater Des Moines. Mike spoke about laying the groundwork and the launch of e-scooters in central Iowa.

June 6, 2019

ISU MRED Program

The featured speakers were Jackie Ulmer, Associate Dean, Ivy College of Business and Dan Kuhlman, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University. They presented a general overview of faculty and curriculum for the new Master of Real Estate Development degree being offered at ISU.

February 19, 2019

Des Moines Area MPO

The featured speaker was Todd Ashby, Executive Director of the Des Moines Area MPO. Todd will give an update on recent developments, current projects and future plans for transportation in central Iowa.

February 7, 2019

City of Des Moines

The featured speaker was Erin Olson-Douglas, Economic Development Director for the City of Des Moines.  Erin reviewed recent commercial real estate developments, current projects and future plans in the City of Des Moines.

January 3, 2019

Opportunity Zones

The featured speaker was Brandon Pratt ,CPA, & Tax Manager with LWBJ Accounting Firm.  Brandon presented the details on the new Economic Opportunity Zones that were approved as part of the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The zones have been established to spur economic activity and incentivize investors in areas most in need.

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