With state revenue projections down and unemployment up Iowa's elected officials and government leaders are trying to find ways to sustain necessary state services that Iowans depend upon. The governor has ordered more than one budget cut and asked employees to take work days off without pay.
Still looking for solutions, the General Assembly's web site has even posed a question to the public: "What are your suggestions for improving state government?" Since February of 2009, more than 500 have responded.
Just what solutions can come from the private sector? In the studio to discuss their vision for Iowa's future, how to overcome challenging socio-economic concerns, and who can help harness the state's potential are four guests.
Michael Gartner is a member of the Board of Regents and former chairman of Vision Iowa. He is also chairman and principal owner of the Iowa Cubs. His career in journalism included: being Page One editor for The Wall Street Journal, editor and president of The Des Moines Register and former President of NBC News. His Pulitzer Prize came from editorials he wrote for the Ames Tribune.
Kesho Scott is an associate professor at Grinnell College. She is an author and diversity trainer, and a winner of the Cristine Wilson Medal for Equality and Justice. She won a Fulbright Scholar grant to Ethiopia, and has taught in several foreign countries.
M. Shawn Crahan is a songwriter, producer, director, and founder of Sopra Evil Records. He is a founding member of the Grammy award-winning band Slipknot, and a member of the band Dirty Little Rabbits.
Daniel Shipton is a web and mobile technology entrepreneur. He is CEO at BitMethod, director of operations at Impromptu Studios, and sponsors events including Ignite Des Moines and Movement Bash that are aimed at fostering the growth of Iowa's hi-tech industry.