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Old 04-23-2010, 08:52 PM
 
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Who do you want to make it more appealing to? And why? Its fine just the way it is. Now that I moved out of IA, I understand more now the 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' idea.
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:15 AM
 
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States push special cities that lie within them.

This is no slur on other cities in Iowa, but the state of Iowa would be well advised to push the most special city in the state: Iowa City. That's where your gold mind lies.
Nobody wants to deal with daily headaches from going around in circles in this little town.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Des Moines
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Why in the world would you want to try to make Iowa more appealing? The largest city, Des Moines , has been transformed into a pretty hip place with bistros, upscale bars , shopping and all the elements necessary to satisfy the would be urban sophisticate. Rural Iowa is unfortunatley not as isolated and pristine or as economically sound as when I grew up there 50 years ago.. But it still beats living in Dayton, Indianapolis , Oklahoma City or any of the other ubiquitous secondary cities that offer a texture of living analagous to spending your life in a Marriot Express. Leave Iowa alone.. and they will come...hopefully not too many.........
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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"How can we make Iowa more appealing " Deport the Illegals with their anchor babies first, then keep them out. Way to Arizona!
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Old 05-10-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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"How can we make Iowa More appealing"- Lose the cornfields.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Wherever I go...
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From the perspective of an outsider who is relocating to the area... my advice would be to do more to promote what you have and dispel the misconceptions the rest of the country (world?) has.

I grew up in Chicago... I even lived a few years out by Mendota... I'm really a die hard midwesterner... you'd think this would give me a fairly good situational awareness of Iowa. It didn't... coming into this relocation, I would say with complete honesty that I knew more about all 49 OTHER states in this country than I did about Iowa. Heck, I know more about areas of Europe than I knew about Iowa. It's almost as if it's this sort of "grey zone" in the middle of the country.

I know I'm not the only one who thought this way... the reactions we've gotten from family and friends... "you're moving WHERE???" is fairly telling. I've spent the last few weeks educating them, sending pages of links to information about what Iowa has to offer... and again, their reactions have mirrored my own... "Iowa has THAT? And THIS? Wow... who'da thunk it?"

Now granted, the majority of my research has related to the Quad Cities, so please bear that in mind in relation to what I say next... when I was looking for information about QC, I noticed something strange. The publications, websites and resources I encountered were very focused on "c'mon, move to the QC!!" Which, for my purposes, was great of course. But right now, in this still damaged economy, the number of people who have a specific job drawing them to Iowa is still rather low... and the number of unemployed people who are going to CONSIDER Iowa as a potential job market is also fairly low because of the aforementioned "grey zone" perception.

You've got to get people to come there, first... to see what is being offered. Unfortunately, it seems that the advertising put on by the state and cities in general are very slanted towards relocation, rather than trying to lure in the tourists. I can't really explain this better... it's kind of the "tone" of the publications.

I know the QC has some great festivals... there's an entire online magazine that has a ton of awesome information about what a new resident to the QC can expect in the way of fun. But the focus is on new residents... there's very little marketing of those same festivals towards tourists.

I think it could be interesting if that one town succeeds in really showing itself as the Video Game Hall of Fame location... I'm an avid gamer, and I hadn't even heard a whisper about that until last week. That's a potential draw of a lot of people... and I'm not talking pimply teenage boys on an allowance. I'm going to be 39 in a couple of weeks... I'm a happily married white-collar professional female... I have money to spend... and seek vacations that cater to my interests. Many MANY gamers are adult, white-collar professionals with rather large disposable incomes... give us a reason to come to you and spend our money, and we will.

Legalizing gay marriage is going to draw income into your state as well. Good with the bad, it's also going to draw income away. In the end, I think it will come down in the positive on the financial balance sheet. Start promoting the fact that Iowa leads the country through politics... and in civil rights. Use the court's decision to your state's advantage, even if you don't agree with it. It's a "done deal" as it were, so make the best of it.

Iowa has so much to offer... I had no idea. I am geeked over spending the next several years exploring my new home and learning all it has to offer. I can't wait! There are so many people out there who would be just as excited, if they had even a clue what they're missing... you've got to get the word out.
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Old 05-10-2010, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Boise
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How about some ideas on how we can make Iowa more appealing to those of other parts of the world who may want to visit or live here?

Perhaps the rise in the oceans will force them to move inland. But I don't want millions just a few hundred thousand coming.

How about legalizing prostitution?

Or moving a mountain from Colorado?
Move your caucus back a few months, then your state wouldn't be invaded every four years, by snake oil salesman. And your people wouldn't look like a bunch of fickel dunderheads worried about slogans, and who pays what for a haircut. That's not your fault, many voters are like that everywhere, you guys are just unfortunate enough to have a national spotlight, that emphasizes your voting populace. Every state has people like this, you just don't see ours.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:37 PM
 
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From the perspective of an outsider who is relocating to the area... my advice would be to do more to promote what you have and dispel the misconceptions the rest of the country (world?) has.

I grew up in Chicago... I even lived a few years out by Mendota... I'm really a die hard midwesterner... you'd think this would give me a fairly good situational awareness of Iowa. It didn't... coming into this relocation, I would say with complete honesty that I knew more about all 49 OTHER states in this country than I did about Iowa. Heck, I know more about areas of Europe than I knew about Iowa. It's almost as if it's this sort of "grey zone" in the middle of the country.

I know I'm not the only one who thought this way... the reactions we've gotten from family and friends... "you're moving WHERE???" is fairly telling. I've spent the last few weeks educating them, sending pages of links to information about what Iowa has to offer... and again, their reactions have mirrored my own... "Iowa has THAT? And THIS? Wow... who'da thunk it?"

Now granted, the majority of my research has related to the Quad Cities, so please bear that in mind in relation to what I say next... when I was looking for information about QC, I noticed something strange. The publications, websites and resources I encountered were very focused on "c'mon, move to the QC!!" Which, for my purposes, was great of course. But right now, in this still damaged economy, the number of people who have a specific job drawing them to Iowa is still rather low... and the number of unemployed people who are going to CONSIDER Iowa as a potential job market is also fairly low because of the aforementioned "grey zone" perception.

You've got to get people to come there, first... to see what is being offered. Unfortunately, it seems that the advertising put on by the state and cities in general are very slanted towards relocation, rather than trying to lure in the tourists. I can't really explain this better... it's kind of the "tone" of the publications.

I know the QC has some great festivals... there's an entire online magazine that has a ton of awesome information about what a new resident to the QC can expect in the way of fun. But the focus is on new residents... there's very little marketing of those same festivals towards tourists.

I think it could be interesting if that one town succeeds in really showing itself as the Video Game Hall of Fame location... I'm an avid gamer, and I hadn't even heard a whisper about that until last week. That's a potential draw of a lot of people... and I'm not talking pimply teenage boys on an allowance. I'm going to be 39 in a couple of weeks... I'm a happily married white-collar professional female... I have money to spend... and seek vacations that cater to my interests. Many MANY gamers are adult, white-collar professionals with rather large disposable incomes... give us a reason to come to you and spend our money, and we will.

Legalizing gay marriage is going to draw income into your state as well. Good with the bad, it's also going to draw income away. In the end, I think it will come down in the positive on the financial balance sheet. Start promoting the fact that Iowa leads the country through politics... and in civil rights. Use the court's decision to your state's advantage, even if you don't agree with it. It's a "done deal" as it were, so make the best of it.

Iowa has so much to offer... I had no idea. I am geeked over spending the next several years exploring my new home and learning all it has to offer. I can't wait! There are so many people out there who would be just as excited, if they had even a clue what they're missing... you've got to get the word out.
You iowans are not to good at speaking with a fork tongue are you?you just told on your-self.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Wherever I go...
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You iowans are not to good at speaking with a fork tongue are you?you just told on your-self.
Huh?
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:51 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Get rid of Grassley.
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