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Welcome to a new week...we've got loads of things planned around our world of advertising, marketing and consumer trends...let's get started with the Metro Monday Edition:
Last week I saw my friend Senator Jack Hatch and we had a brief discussion about Iowa, his birthday and...his new project coming out of Hatch Development Group. In short it is a new affordable housing plan where low income families can "rent to own" a new home. The housing units, known as Des Moines Graystone Homes, will be built in areas of Des Moines where vacant lots and dilapidated houses now stand. Each new home will rent for $675 a month with $50 a month going to an escrow account which will accumulate toward a healthy down-payment at the end of ten years. Nice... For the full story here is a link to our friends at the Business Record.
For those of you who watch or follow our work you know how much I've whinnied about Research in Motion and my Blackberry. That turned into whining about a new iPhone until I met up with a Genius. I'll share today.
According to our friends at The Des Moines Register home sales for February rose significantly over January. At the same time the price people are paying for a home fell by over $5,000. Here is that story. Meanwhile, February was a good month for retail says Bloomberg. Amid all the concerns consumers have about the future they opened up their wallets and posted a good sales report. Leading the pack...JC Penny..who would have thought. Here's that story from Bloomberg.
We've watched as the $650 million Wellmark Building took shape. Now, according to the Des Moines Register, it is one of only five in the state to receive the LEED Platinum Status. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Great story on the project by David Elbert.
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