economic development http://iowapublicradio.org en Regional Airport Project Experiences Turbulence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regional-airport-project-experiences-turbulence <p></p><p>Plans to build a new regional airport are underway in south central Iowa’s Mahaska County. Two existing airports – in Oskaloosa and Pella would close – and a new consolidated one would provide services to large companies in the area. Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports on the fight over whether or not a new regional airport will help the area economy.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 11:14:00 +0000 Clay Masters 32153 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regional Airport Project Experiences Turbulence Plans coming together for Cedar Rapids medical district http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plans-coming-together-cedar-rapids-medical-district <div><p>Plans for developing a regional medical district in the center of Cedar Rapids are beginning to come together. As Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, area hospitals hope that by joining together, they can compete with other cities.&nbsp;</p></div><p></p><p></p><p>The MedQuarter in Cedar Rapids includes two large hospitals, smaller clinics, and nearby businesses. As a Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District, or SSMID,&nbsp;the group can levy taxes to improve the area.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 19:34:20 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 31150 at http://iowapublicradio.org Plans coming together for Cedar Rapids medical district