The city of Ottumwa and CED specialist Himar Hernandez were featured on NBC’s TODAY Show on Friday, April 12, 2013, in a piece on how communities adapt to changing populations. The TODAY Show learned about Ottumwa and Hernandez’s work there in an article in the Wall Street Journal on November 8, 2012. The topic involved increasing Hispanic populations in the Midwest. Hernandez was mentioned for his work with Latino entrepreneurs in Iowa through ISU Extension and Outreach.
Since the late ‘90s, the Latino population in Ottumwa has increased from virtually 0 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.
The 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.
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