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New Iowans: On the Thursday, November 20 edition of The Iowa Journal

November 18, 2008

(Johnston, Iowa) – Thursday’s edition of The Iowa Journal will explore the current migration of non-Iowans to the state and the benefits to the local economies of the towns in which they choose to live. This episode will air Thursday, November 20 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television and IPTV HD. It will repeat on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. on IPTV and at 7 p.m. on IPTV HD. The program, as well as additional interviews and information, will also be available online at Iptv.org.

On any given day, news headlines boast the successful recruitment of large companies that bring hundreds of jobs to the state. The next day, there may be a story of a plant closing and the loss of the major employer in town. Meanwhile, under the radar, there is a significant number of non-Iowans coming to the state, establishing their own businesses, and quietly boosting local economies. The movement is perhaps the most cost-effective economic development trend currently in motion. To meet some of these new Iowans, The Iowa Journal visits Oxford, Pocahontas, and Elkader.

Who are these people and why do they move to Iowa? How can more of them be encouraged to come to Iowa? And, can the state harness the new residents' motives and enthusiasm to help recruit more people to live and work here?

In the studio to discuss the current and potential efforts to recruit or retain a workforce are: Rachel Judisch, chair of the Generation Iowa Commission, and Paul Lasley, professor and chair of the Iowa State University Departments of Sociology and Anthropology.

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


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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:
November 18, 2008

For information contact:
Tonya Weber Dusold
Communications Manager
(515) 725-9705

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