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Monday, February 16, 2009

Hawkeye Review: Losing our minds -- The Great Iowa Migration

Excerpted from this post at Hawkeye Review:

... Without a change to our strategy, Iowa's working age population will shrink ... We simply must have the power of the ideas and energy of our educated next generation to reverse the trends shown in the Census Bureau graph, and get our state into the New Economy. Saying that we, as a state, are going to use our limited capital to educate them, then ship them out-of-state as they graduate is akin to -- let me pick some on-line adjectives for impact -- replacing our state logo with one of those barfing face emoticons. Purposefully paying to train, then not retaining, our young people is a profoundly idiotic, losing strategy. ... Iowa doesn't pay very well for smart people. We pay our least educated about 15 percent above the national median, and our most educated about 17 percent less. It is, frankly, a failure of our economic development models over the previous decades to create New Economy jobs -- jobs that can attract and retain the very people that will drive long-term growth in the state.

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