UPDATE (April 12): Video from the TODAY Show segment is available to view online. You can view the embed below.
OTTUMWA, Iowa — The city of Ottumwa and Community and Economic Development specialist Himar Hernandez will be featured on NBC’s TODAY Show in a piece on how communities adapt to changing populations. The show will air 7 to 11 a.m. April 11 on NBC.
The TODAY Show learned about Ottumwa and Hernandez’s work there in an article in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 8, 2012. The topic of the Journal article was increasing Hispanic populations in the Midwest. Hernandez was mentioned for his work with Latino entrepreneurs in Iowa through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Since the late 90s, the Latino population in Ottumwa has increased from virtually zero to 20 percent. In late March a TODAY Show news crew visited Ottumwa to learn how the community has changed and adapted to its newest residents. Hernandez was asked about his work helping entrepreneurial Latinos who are interested in starting their own business.
Former Ottumwa mayor Dale Uehling told TODAY about the Latino population changes his city underwent and how the community responded while he was in office. Several Latino business owners and a representative from the school district were also interviewed.