Rural Foundations: On the Thursday, April 10 edition of The Iowa Journal
April 9, 2008
(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s episode of The Iowa Journal will examine how some rural communities are using state gaming revenues to establish county community foundations to foster improvement to their way of life. The program airs Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. It will be rebroadcast Friday, April 11 at 9:30 p.m. on statewide IPTV-Plus and will also be available online at Iptv.org.
Nearly half the counties in Iowa experience more deaths than births. The median age in many of the state's rural counties is over 40. As the younger generation moves out of rural Iowa, data suggest that they will eventually take the family wealth with them in the form of inheritances.
On this episode of The Iowa Journal Rand Fisher, president of the Iowa Area Development Group and Kathy Evert, president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor in Spencer discuss the value of county community foundations and other efforts to help improve the quality of life and increase economic development activity.
The program also includes a profile of the Greene County Community Foundation. Since it was founded three years ago, the foundation's permanent endowment has grown to $236,000. The foundation has also awarded 55 grants totaling $148,000 to many of the communities in the county, including Jefferson, Rippey and Churdan.
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April 9, 2008
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