Des Moines, Iowa: honestly, a place I never thought I would end up in. Between spending my middle school and high school years in Minnesota and earning my degree at University of Nebraska, Iowa was the last place I thought I would go.
Des Moines, IA Junior Achievement of Central Iowa’s 12th Annual JA Stock Market Challenge was a success raising over $80,000 thanks to the generous support of many community organizations throughout the metro. Most notable, was the Presenting Sponsor, Farm Bureau Financial Services, as well as other leading sponsors; EMC Insurance, John Deere Financial, MidAmerican Energy and Prairie Meadows.
It is my favorite atmosphere. Packed stands interacting with athletes on the infield, matching the clap to their heartbeat echoing across the stadium, the crowd wanting to speak to athletes as they have completed their event asking for photos, autographs or just to say hi.
Today, Google launched the Google.org Impact Challenge Iowa, the tech company’s first Iowa challenge inviting nonprofits throughout the state to submit proposals for bold ideas to grow economic opportunity in their local communities.