Middle Bit: New study finds West Des Moines in the top 25 for ‘digitalization’

A recent study from The Brookings Institute on the diffusion of digital technology into nearly every business and workplace ranked West Des Moines 25th out of 100 cities in the United States in, “Digitalization.”

The study analyzed the digital content of 545 occupations, covering 90 percent of the U.S workforce in all industries since 2001. The analysis categorizes U.S occupations into jobs that require high, medium or low digital skills and tracks the impacts of rapid change.

West Des Moines had:

  • 24.3 percent of jobs require high digital skills
  • 47.7 percent of jobs require medium digital skills
  • 28 percent of jobs require low digital skills

According to the study, 56 percent of the jobs studied required low amounts of digital skills. Nearly 40 percent of jobs required medium digital skills and five percent required high digital skills.

By 2016, the jobs requiring high digital skills jumped to 23 percent; 48 percent of jobs required medium digital skills and 30 percent required low digital skills.

Omaha finished 37th out of 100 and:

  • 24.3 jobs require high digital skills
  • 46.6 require medium digital skills
  • 29.3 require low digital skills

The full report can be found here.

San Jose is ranked number one.

SmartScripts raises $2.5 million

Smartscripts—an Eastern Iowa pharmacy company—raised $2.5 million in investment funding to help its prescription delivery and management system, according to a story Monday in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

SmartScripts will use the funding to hire sales staff and build software to better connect with customers. The company also plans to open an office in Iowa City with three full-time employees, according to the story.

Instead of sending patients home with multiple pill bottles, SmartScripts uses an automated process to package prescriptions in individual pouches based on what patients need them.

Then those packages are delivered to customers.

According to the story, Rural Vitality Funds—an investment fund under the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation—was SmartScripts’s lead investor. Next Level Ventures and the Iowa Startup Accelerator also invested.

What else happened…


Choozle Raises $6 million in Series B funding – Finsmes.com

SendGrid raised $131 million in a successful IPO but the founders aren’t the big financial winners – BusinessInsider.com

GoSpotCheck—a Denver, Colo.-based—SaaS-based field execution management platform, raised $21.5 million in Series B1 funding. Insight Venture Partners and Point Nine Capital co-led the round – The Denver Post


Phyter Food—a West Chicago, IL-based—creator of vegetable-based nutrition bars, raised $1 million in funding – Finsmes.com


Facebook plans to help Iowa’s small businesses – The Des Moines Register

MākuSafe develops wearable devices to improve workplace safety – SPN

Koch brothers backing Meredith’s merger attempt with Time – The Des Moines Register


Coworking provider Spaces to open in North Loop – StarTribune.com

Outsiders call Twin Cities a ‘long shot’ to land Amazon’s HQ2 – StarTribune.com

Introducing your furry cubicle neighbor – TCBmag.com


How an introvert can attend networking events – StartlandNews.com

SafeTrek is a semifinalist for women’s safety XPrize – The St. Louis Post Dispatch


New Papillion Facebook data center to be powered by Enel wind farm – SPN


Oros Apparel—a Cincinnati, OH-based company—that uses NASA insulation technology, aerogel, in its outerwear, closed a $2 million seed round of funding – Pehub.com


Technology can clone your pet, for $50,000 – Washington Post


Apprentices are building the Milwaukee Bucks arena, careers – JSonline.com