A chart from SmartAsset showing the Top 10 Places to Work in Tech for 2019. CREDIT SMARTASSET 
Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines have cracked a list of the top 10 cities in which to work in tech, according to financial advice website SmartAsset.
The sixth-annual study examined data from 172 U.S. cities and compared them across five metrics: average salary, average cost of living, tech employment concentration, unemployment rate and the ratio of average pay to tech pay.
Cedar Rapids was ranked the highest of the Iowa cities on the list, at No. 4, thanks its relatively high concentration of workers in tech jobs (4.14 percent) and its low unemployment and cost of living.  
Davenport ranked at No. 5, with an unemployment rate of just 1.4 percent, a low cost of living and a tech employment concentration that ranked it among the top third of cities examined. 
Des Moines ranked No. 6, with the 16th-highest percentage of workers employed in tech, at 4.44 percent. The average tech worker salary was the highest in the state, at $83,820, although the wage ratio of tech to non-tech workers was lower, at 1.61.
Cedar Rapids and Des Moines both appeared on the 2018 list, with Des Moines falling from No. 2 and Cedar Rapids holding steady. Columbus, Ohio took the top spot on SmartAsset's list for a third year in a row. To see the full results, click here.
SStartup Weekend Iowa City returning July 12-14 
Startup Weekend, the weekend-long event that teaches the fundamentals of launching a business, will return to Iowa City's MERGE space July 12-14.
The goal of Startup Weekend is to provide the foundation for potential entrepreneurs to launch a business, through education, skill-building and hands-on experience.  
The event begins with participants pitching ideas on Friday evening and forming teams around the most popular ideas as chosen by the group. The teams then spend the weekend creating a business model, developing prototypes and seeking their first customers, and present their new business ideas in front of judges Sunday afternoon in a "Shark Tank"-style competition.
"Startup Weekend is my favorite place to connect creatives, builders and entrepreneurs to produce great new business ideas," lead organizer Jay Cooper said in a release. "I'm incredibly excited to see what new ideas and products our attendees produce during the weekend. You never know - the next big thing might be produced right here in Iowa City!"
Tickets are $25 for the full weekend, and include meals from local vendors. For those not able to participate in the full weekend, the doors will be opened at 3 p.m. on Sunday to watch the final pitches.
For more information or to register, visit http://swic.rocks.
Para3In the CBJ: BladeEdge training work benefits Kirkwood
A BladeEdge drone inspects Kirkwood's wind turbine. PHOTO BLADEEDGE
After receiving help from Kirkwood Community College with a site to train its operators, wind turbine analytics company BladeEdge had a chance to repay the favor this spring.
The Cedar Rapids startup went to market in 2015 with proprietary technology for efficiently and safely analyzing the condition of wind turbine blades. Often at least 120 feet long, the blades can develop cracks from vibration and lightning strikes that, if unrepaired, can lead to breakage. More commonly, they develop minor damage, such as the erosion of leading edges that are supposed to cut through the atmosphere and smaller cracks that reduce efficiency.
More than 40 percent of wind turbine insurance claims are the result of blade damage, according to BladeEdge CEO Chris Shroyer. Yet until a few years ago, most wind farm operators could only inspect them by sending climbers rappelling down the blades from heights of more than 200 feet. An inspection could take a full day, followed by hours of examining images and writing reports.
Some companies figured out that inspections could be performed more quickly and safely with high-resolution images captured by drones, but B ladeEdge upped the ante with an artificial intelligence-based software platform named EDDIE that analyzes video images of the blades with 98.8 percent confidence. EDDIE eliminates the time it takes for a human inspector to examine the images, noting signs of damage or wear, and classifying it into categories that wind farm owners can use to determine when to take a wind turbine out of service or slow it down to avoid future problems.
Training customers on the BladeEdge system required the company to make trips to remote wind farms in places like Michigan, southern Minnesota and Missouri, or to Lake Region State College in North Dakota, which has a wind turbine. The time and logistics of travel to those sites could be costly and difficult.
Kirkwood Community College's wind turbine in Cedar Rapids, a short distance from the company's offices and a few minutes' drive from the Eastern Iowa Airport, was more convenient. BladeEdge Director of Operations Lorie Hines approached Kirkwood earlier this year about contracting to use the school's 2.5-megawatt Clipper Liberty wind turbine for training, and an agreement was reached.
In April, the relationship turned up an unexpected benefit for Kirkwood. During an inspection observed by one of Kirkwood's classes, a 35-foot-long gap was found along the seam of a fiberglass turbine blade. BladeEdge inspected the turbine blade again about one week later, CFO Kris Gulick said, and found the crack had gotten bigger. 
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Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack has introduced legislation in the U.S. House to bring high-speed broadband to more than 98 percent of the country.
If passed, the Connect America Act would authorize a reverse auction by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help fund the deployment of high-speed internet to the largest portion of Americans at the lowest cost. This bill is also included in the LIFT America Act, which is the comprehensive infrastructure plan that was introduced in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which Mr. Loebsack is a member.
"I am pleased to introduce the Connect America Act because the future of economic development in Iowa and across the country depends on having access to high-speed broadband," Mr. Loebsack said in a statement. "It is unacceptable that in 2019, many families, small businesses, farmers, educators and health care providers don't have access to high-speed internet, which is needed to ensure our rural communities can thrive."
Estimates by the FCC indicate that it would cost $40 billion to complete broadband service deployment so that 98 percent of the country has access to high-speed internet. 
Three-fourths of the funds would be awarded by the FCC through a national reverse auction, according to Mr. Loebsack's office. The FCC would be required to allocate to states the remaining one-fourth of the funds under Title I, which authorizes the FCC to conduct similar reverse auctions to build out broadband internet infrastructure in unserved areas, or to unserved anchor institutions such as schools or libraries. If a state doesn't have any unserved areas, the state may conduct a reverse auction to build out to underserved areas.  
Para5Applications open this week for Employer Innovation Fund

Gov. Kim Reynolds is encouraging the state's businesses, employer consortiums and community organizations to apply for Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund grants when the application process opens on Friday.
The Employer Innovation Fund is designed to help employers and other partners strengthen regional talent development by providing state matching dollars for local investments. The competitive grants will expand opportunities for more Iowans to earn for-credit and non-credit postsecondary credentials, including short-term certificates that can lead to high-demand jobs.
Other possible uses of the fund include helping students with books, equipment and child care, as well as other innovative approaches that help Iowans complete education or training beyond high school.
In May, Ms. Reynolds signed legislation providing $1.2 million for the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund.
Applications for the fund will be due Aug. 1. Potential applicants can find more information and apply  at www.futurereadyiowa.gov/innovation.
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Short-Term Event Planner
June 19
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Cedar Rapids, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, free coffee, and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MCICR.
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Iowa City, 9-10 a.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Join for community connections, free coffee, and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more . Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MillionCupsIC/.
North Liberty Roundtable, by Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, noon-1 p.m., Reds Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St., North Liberty. Members are invited to network and keep up-to-date with chamber and community events. Free. For more information, visit iowacityarea.com.
June 20
Secrets to Sales Success, by Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 8-9:15 a.m., Economic Alliance, 501 First St. SE. Learn how to structure your day, present better proposals and win more deals. Free. To register, visit bit.ly/2LFVGaj.
Loft Startup Exchange MeetUp, by Marion Economic Development Corp., 8:30-9:30 a.m., Loft Coworking, 700 11th St., Suite 201, Marion. Cheri Monahan, manager of growth strategies at Central Iowa Power Cooperative, will share her professional journey and her role in attracting economic growth in Marion. For more information, visit medcoiowa.org. 
Minimizing Exposure to Harassment Claims, by SCORE of East Central Iowa, 11:30-1 p.m., Hills Bank, 3905 Blairs Ferry Road NE, Cedar Rapids. Learn how to protect yourself and your business if you are hit with a harassment claim. Free. To register, visit conta.cc/2Z0u41B.
Re-Connect: Careers & Conversation, by IowaWORKS, 1 p.m., IowaWORKS Center, 4444 First Ave. #436, Cedar Rapids. This monthly employer panel hosts employers from the six major industry sectors in the region. Each employer will present on their company and answer questions from job candidates. Free. For more information, visit bit.ly/2LeoSos.
BizMix: Shive-Hattery, by Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Marion Chamber of Commerce, 4-6 p.m., Shive-Hattery, 222 Third Ave. SE, Ste. 300, Cedar Rapids. Tour Shive-Hattery's new downtown office, and enjoy live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Free. For more information, visit bit.ly/30t7lwC.
Headlines from CBS2/FOX 28 
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"Some people simply have no businesses possessing guns." It's something Peter Deegan, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, says he's said time and time again. On Tuesday, at a press conference surrounded by fellow prosecutors and local law enforcement, he once again emphasized the importance of arresting people who unlawfully own firearms before a tragedy occurs. "Everybody here would much rather bring a federal possession of a firearms case before that firearms goes off," Mr. Deegan said. "And hopefully avoid the kind of tragedy that happened up in Coggon and took the life of a young man." Just a day before, federal prosecutors sentenced five young men in a 2017 drug deal gone wrong, that resulted in the shooting death of 20-year-old Dylan Plotz. He says federal crimes were already taking place before Mr. Plotz died. "Those crimes are actually committed before the two groups even confronted each other. Just possessing a gun under those circumstances while you're getting ready to commit a robbery, or while you're getting ready to engage in a drug deal, those are federal offenses," Mr. Deegan said, adding that since March, 58 Iowans have been charged with federal firearm crimes - everything from possessing a firearm as a drug user to obscuring the serial number of a gun. The arrests are a part of the national "Project Safe Neighborhoods" initiative to reduce gun violence.
T hese news items are provided by CBS2/FOX 28 
CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Terry Swails' Weather First Forecast
A more active and unsettled weather pattern is setting up with periodic chances for showers and thunderstorms through the weekend. A weak cold front will move through the state today. Ahead of the front, temperatures will warm into the mid to upper 70s. There will be the chance for widely scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.