Middle Bit: The Atlantic hosting a panel in Des Moines focused on the future of the heartland

The Atlantic, a digital publication and magazine, will host a one-day event looking at the current state and the future of the heartland. The event will consist of a panel of local and national leaders appearing in Des Moines Sept. 20 at Curate.

The event will gather policy makers, business and community leaders for an in-depth conversation on what the future holds for the Midwest.

Some of the more notable speakers at the event will include Steve Case, founder of AOL, Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large for the Atlantic and Des Moines Mayor, Frank Crownie.

Click here for the full list of speakers, the agenda and to register for the event.

ISU Startup Factory taking applications

Applications are now being accepted for Cohort 6 of the ISU Startup Factory, a 52 week accelerator program that runs new cohorts twice per year. The deadline to apply is October 30.

Click here to download the application for Cohort 6.

What else is happening?


Overstock.com, the Utah-based online retailer of surplus and new merchandise, has signed a large lease on a distribution center in Kansas City, Kan. where it plans to employ more than 100 workers. The company leased 517,000 square feet at a distribution center at 5300 Kansas Ave., which was made available when the previous tenant, automobile logistics company Comprehensive Logistics, moved to the Fairfax District in KCK. –Kansas City Star


WeWork announced that it has acquired Salt Lake City startup Teem as the coworking startup continues its quest to prove itself as a tech company. Wired was the first to report on the news. According to Wired’s two sources, WeWork spent about $100 million on the deal. When reached by VentureBeat, a WeWork spokesperson declined to comment on the size of the deal. –Venture Beat