• Changing Iowa: 5 ideas for revitalizing state's rural communities

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    October 10, 2017

    Rural Iowa is struggling. Towns and schools are shrinking.

    And farming, rural Iowa's historic economic mainstay, is going through a downturn that's likely to continue through next year, economists say.

    What can Iowa do? Iowans offered some thoughts Thursday during an event sponsored by The Des Moines Register and the Iowa Rural Development Council at the Clay County Fair in Spencer.

    The gathering was part of the Register's yearlong Changing Iowa series that's examining the sweeping demographic and workplace changes confronting Iowans, their communities and the state’s economy.

    Here are five of the ideas offered to bolster rural Iowa