Scott Reed is an information technology and business consultant for Professional Project Partners. He has served as a project management consultant for a wide variety of accounts including: Athene (Aviva USA), Electronic Data Systems, Gateway Computers, General Motors, GuideOne Insurance, Hirsh Industries, Lifespace Communities, Meredith Publishing, Merisant, Neodata, Nuclear Management Corporation, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.
Scott was born December 24, 1962, in Clinton, Iowa and is a 1985 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he majored in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Administration. He has spent most of his working career in the state of Iowa and has resided in Sioux City and Des Moines. He and his wife of 30+ years, Kathy, have lived in Urbandale for 18 years and have two children, Zachary and Allie.
Scott is the COO and Event Coordinator for Preferred Athlete Scouting Services, a former treasurer of the Iowa Barbeque Society, and is an active member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in West Des Moines.
No matter the type of energy; oil, natural gas, wind, solar, or nuclear, America runs on energy. We need to keep our options open across all alternatives so that not any one source will be in jeopardy of being depleted nor so vital that we become ignorant of the benefits the others offer to the economy.
Government agencies and programs should be held to the same scrutiny that any business would be held to. As in business, Cost Benefit Analysis is performed before any undertaking to see if the project or program is worthwhile. For those initiatives that have been implemented, an oversight of their performance is needed to be measured against the expected benefit.
Government programs must not only be assessed on their performance but also accept the consequences of their performance.
Manufacturing made our country prosperous. Small businesses carried us into the 21st century and today they still provide our backbone. But to make that all possible, elementary education of our youth and higher education of our young adults provide the foundation of the entrepreneurial spirit.
Educational results have not kept pace with the expectations of the state or the country. We lag behind countries that use to look at us as a leader. Our economy is dynamic and therefore our educational system must be as well. But our foundation of greatness will, to this day, lay in what we can produce. Education must respect that foundation and leaders must find a way to keep it in the mix of the curriculum.
Our world is changing and safety is on everyone's mind. Iowa is not immune to attack; damage to our lock and dam system on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, bio-terrorism against our crops and livestock, ease of interstate transportation runs through Iowa via I80/I35. Iowans need to be prepared for any situation. First steps are state-wide communication and exercising procedures against simulated events. Nothing beats communication and planning so that when an event occurs, emotions will be in check and the tested procedures will mitigate the severity of attack.
The taxes you pay are meant to satisfy the needs of the community; infrastructure, schools, roads, etc... It is time to have more accountability of where those taxes are actually spent and if the programs they provide are truly providing the benefit expected. It does not make sense to throw good money after bad and if the assessment of a program is not reaping the benefits initially agreed upon then it is time for a change of direction of those allocated funds.
Tax reform should be ... 13 September 2017
Iowa Right to Life - ... 04 November 2016