Economists Share Predictions for Iowa Businesses on Podcast Series

Back to Business Iowa podcast covers COVID-19 topics and more

September 9, 2020, 10:59 am | Brian Tapp, Brett Middendorf

Back to Business Iowa podcast.AMES, Iowa – The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Iowa’s economy in various ways — some predictable, others not so much. Three experienced economists recently shared their observations on COVID-19 impacts on the “Back to Business Iowa” podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

  • Iowa State University economist and associate scientist David Swenson discusses the outlook for various sectors of the Iowa economy and how soon he believes businesses can recover from the pandemic. (Episode 26: COVID Economic Outlook.)
  • Ernie Goss provides his insights into the economic outlook in various sectors for the Midwest. Goss is professor of economics at Creighton University, director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry, and director of the Goss Institute for Economic Research — a bipartisan think tank conducting business and economic research and providing innovative, practical recommendations that effect change in public policy. (Episode 28: Midwest Economic Update with Dr. Ernie Goss.)
  • Most recently, the podcast features Peter Orazem, Iowa State professor of economics. He examines recent economic indicators for employment and business health in the private and commercial real estate markets. (Episode 30: Real Estate Discussion with Economist Peter Orazem.)

The “Back to Business Iowa” weekly podcast series began in April as a collaboration among ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development and Farm, Food and Enterprise Development programs and the Iowa Small Business Development Centers.

The podcast covers timely topics in education, research and technical assistance for Iowa’s small businesses, particularly in response to COVID-19. Listen to all episodes online or find them on most podcast players.


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