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Struggling Malls: On the Thursday, March 27 edition of The Iowa Journal

March 26, 2008

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will explore what two communities did with struggling malls. The program airs Thursday, March 27 at 8:30 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. on statewide IPTV-Plus and will also be available online at Iptv.org.

 

What do you do with an old mall? Do you put money into a struggling private business or do you throw public money at the problem? This episode of The Iowa Journal will take a look at how Bettendorf used tax increment financing (TIF) when Duck Creek Mall started to fade. The program also includes a look at two properties in Iowa City that have new life. One, thanks to TIF, the other to a new tenant that's not helping the tax rolls.

 

In the studio to discuss these issues will be Alan Kemp, executive director of the Iowa League of Cities; and Peter Fisher, research director with the Iowa Policy Project.

 

For more information about The Iowa Journal, visit www.iptv.org/iowajournal or call (515) 242-3146. # # #

 

Iowa Public Television is Iowa's statewide public broadcasting network. IPTV provides quality, noncommercial programming to make a difference in the lives of Iowans. As one of the last locally controlled media enterprises in the state, IPTV is committed to telling Iowa's stories like no one else can. Our mission to educate, inform, enrich, and inspire Iowans enables IPTV to present an unequaled array of programs of lasting value to Iowans regardless of where they live or what they can afford. More than one million viewers a week turn to IPTV for programming that reflects a range of interests for Iowans in all demographic categories. Iowa Public Television stations include: Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; Channel 36, Red Oak. IPTV-Digital stations include: Channel 11.1, Des Moines; Channel 12.1, Iowa City; Channel 21.1, Fort Dodge; Channel 24.1, Mason City; Channel 27.1, Sioux City; Channel 32.1, Waterloo; Channel 32.1, Council Bluffs; Channel 36.1, Red Oak; Channel 36.1, Davenport.

For immediate release:
March 26, 2008

For information contact:
Kristen L. Gray
Director of Communications
kristen.gray@iptv.org
515-725-9703

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