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Polk County will vote to oppose Iowa pipeline project

A map of a proposed Iowa pipeline project.
The Heartland Greenway project's proposed Iowa route. Map courtesy of Navigator CO2 Ventures

Polk County Supervisors are drafting a letter to object to Navigator CO2 Venture's proposed 1,300-mile pipeline project, multiple supervisors tell Axios.

  • The route would cross 33 of Iowa's 99 counties, including the northeast portion of Polk.
Linh Ta
Aug 11, 2022 - Business

New restaurant, edible garden coming to DSM's Ingersoll Avenue

The site plan for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue
The site plan for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue, which was purchased by 39 Block, LLC. Photo courtesy of Chris Diebel

A new fine dining restaurant, edible garden and storefront are planned for the 3900 block of Ingersoll Avenue.

Why it matters: The large development, which includes a 7,600 square foot restaurant and 2,500 square foot storefront, helps redevelop an area that hasn't seen as much foot traffic as Ingersoll's east side.

Linh Ta
Aug 4, 2022 - Business

Des Moines' pickleball fever spreading throughout the Midwest

Illustration of a pickleball paddle hitting an exploding ball
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Smash Park, West Des Moines' popular pickleball entertainment venue, is cementing its expansion plans into other Midwest states.

Driving the news: The company plans on opening its first Twin Cities location and one in Omaha in 2023 and up to three three sites in Chicago after 2024, according to FSR Magazine.

Linh Ta
Aug 3, 2022 - Business

Iowa's medical marijuana program enters a new era

Bud & Mary's interior
The inside of Bud & Mary's Windsor Heights location. Photo courtesy of Bud & Mary's

Just two years ago, Medpharm Iowa said it was struggling to sustain its operations, due to low patient demand under the state's restrictive medical cannabidiol program.

  • But after the state expanded its medical marijuana program in 2020, the company has undergone major expansions this year — changing its branding to the trendier Bud & Mary's — and plans to invest $10 million into its local growing facility.

Des Moines' tourism agency tracks visitors via cell phones

An illustration of a cell phone.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo, Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Catch Des Moines began using Arrivalist, a service that tracks visitors by their cell phones, in April, Trina Flack, vice president of sales, tells Axios.

Why it matters: It can better estimate the economic value of events and where future promotional investments are spent, Flack said.

Gun shop next to Iowa's governor's mansion needs no permit

A photo of Terrace Hill.
Terrace Hill. Photo: Richard Cummins/Corbis via Getty Images

Des Moines officials have determined that a firearms sales business proposed in a home that's across the street from the governor's residence at Terrace Hill doesn't need a city permit to operate.

Business incubator aimed at entrepreneurs of color headed to Des Moines

Center at Sixth drawing.
The Center at Sixth concepts include large-scale public art wrapped around the facade of the building. Drawing courtesy of the city of Des Moines

A $10 million project that will focus its efforts on assisting culturally diverse entrepreneurs will be considered by the Des Moines City Council Monday.

  • Center at Sixth Incubator, 1714 6th Ave., is a four-story project that will include 12,000 square feet of commercial space and 32 apartments.
Linh Ta
Jul 6, 2022 - Business

Valley Junction redevelopment invites new restaurants, bars

Valley Junction
Valley Junction during the Farmers' Market. Photo courtesy of Eric Burson

The City of West Des Moines is hoping a grant and loan program offering up to $100,000 to developers and business owners will help upgrade aging buildings in Valley Junction.

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