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Oct. 19, 2007

Oct. 24 forum focuses on making Iowa more appealing to young Iowans

The University of Iowa will be the site of an open forum Wednesday, Oct. 24 designed to gather ideas on how to make the state of Iowa more attractive to young Iowa professionals. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Indiana Room (Room 346) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Called the "Generation Iowa Open Forum" and co-hosted by the Generation Iowa Commission and UI Student Government, the session will solicit ideas from Iowans who plan either to remain in Iowa or leave the state. In particular, the commission wants to hear from young people interested in the biosciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing, all industries targeted by Iowa for major growth in the future.

The commission was created with passage of the "Generation Iowa" bill, which was signed into law in April by Iowa Gov. Chet Culver. Composed of 15 Iowans between the ages of 18 and 35, the commission was established to advise and assist in the retention and attraction of young adults to Iowa. The commission must submit a written report with its findings to Gov. Culver and the state legislature by Jan. 15.

For more information, or to submit ideas, visit or contact Shawn Rolland, public information officer, Iowa Department of Economic Development, 515-242-4805 or

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, University News Services, 319-384-0009,