The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted ISU Extension Community and Economic Development’s Himar Hernandez, community development specialist, in their recent article, "In Eastern Iowa, an Extension Agent Works to Revive a Faded City." The article discusses Hernandez work with the Wapello County Extension Office and the city of Ottumwa.
Hernandez has been working with the Ottumwa community to revitalize the city. In comparison to its past, Ottumwa has seen a decrease in population and lost a number of businesses. Hernandez has been working with city officials and other organizations as well as small businesses and entrepreneurs. He has seen a growing interest from Latino community to become entrepreneurs in the cities downtown.
Read more about Hernandez’s work in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s article.