5 on Friday: Fuel for Thought November 10, 2017
posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 in Blog
ONE: Cedar Valley Brags
We have a lot to brag about in our Cedar Valley. We see it every day, and we love it when others recognize us. Here is a link to the web page where we collect those bragging points. But we don't find them all. If you find a brag, we should be sharing with our talented workforce, business, and influencer targets, send it to us. We'll add them to the list.
Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber website, Brags & Rankings
TWO: Computer Science in K-12 by 2019
This year, the Iowa legislature mandated the Iowa Department of Education complete a plan to offer instruction by July 1, 2019in the fundamentals of computer science in elementary schools, exploratory computer science in middle school, and at least one high-quality computer science course in high schools. The report linked below was issued November 1. Do you have comments on this? Let me know by email so I can collect your views, add mine, and send it along to the Iowa Department of Education and Governor's Special Assistant for Education.
Computer Science Education Work Group, State of Iowa Department of Education, November 1, 2017
THREE: Eldorado Resorts
One of our newest Cedar Valley corporate names is Eldorado Resorts, Inc. (ERI). Eldorado purchased the Isle Hotel Waterloo along with other Isle of Capri assets this year. I'm still learning about the company, and its vision for the industry and the Waterloo property, specifically. Here's a link to their October investor presentation.
Investor Presentation October 2017, Eldorado Resorts
FOUR: Iowa Taxes
The closer the calendar gets to January, the more we'll read and hear about the priorities of associations and legislators about priorities for the 2018 session. Tax reform in many forms will be discussed, whether or not any (useful) action is taken. The Tax Foundation, a national think tank researches taxes of all classes at the federal and state level. One of the interesting takeaways is that their State Business Tax System Ranking places Iowa's overall tax system as 40th in the nation, and our business tax system as 49th in the US. That isn't good. Below is a link to their recommendations for Iowa. Follow the link below for details.
Iowa Tax Reform Options: Building a Tax System for the 21st Century, Tax Foundation, May 5, 2016
FIVE: International Trade in Solar Panels
The rules of the road for international trade and commerce is at the forefront – NAFTA, Brexit, and all that. But international trade impacts us at a granular level: the Cedar Valley exports a lot of ag commodities as well as equipment from tractors to winches, and we import components, ingredients, and more. But the rules of trade aren't straightforward. Here's an article that shows how complex, if not plainly goofy, the rules of trade get contorted. And there are a couple of links within the item that are good reads, too. (There's advertising at the end that will allow you to sign up for the newsletter if you wish.)
Tariffs on Your Roof, Patrick Watson, Connecting the Dots(Mauldin Economics), November 7, 2017