CORALVILLE – A Corridor Business Journal panel discussion led by IowaWatch Executive Director and Editor Lyle Muller will look into why many well-educated students move out of state after graduating from an Iowa college or university. The forum, on Wednesday, July 22, is to include possible causes and potential solutions to concerns about this so-called “brain drain.”


The event, which will include breakfast, is to be at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 300 E. 9th St., will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The forum is a collaboration of the Corridor Business Journal and the non-profit Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch, which has produced reports in spring and this summer on the topic.

Scheduled panelists are:

  • Dee Baird, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
  • D. Allan Boettger, The University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center
  • Stephen Gruber-Miller, a former IowaWatch reporter now with the Iowa City Press-Citizen
  • Jacque Patterson, ACT Inc.
  • Maria Vognsen, UnitedHealth Group
  • Tim White, Whirlpool Corporation

Audience members will be invited to ask questions and make comments after panelists have made opening remarks.

Tickets are $40 per individual or $400 per table of 10. For more information or to register, contact Ashley Levitt at (319) 887-2251, ext. 311 or visit Registration closes July 15.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism-IowaWatch is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit and non-partisan journalistic program dedicated to producing high quality investigative journalism in Iowa while training journalism students on this work at a high, ethical level. It collaborates with other news media to distribute its stories and also publishes its stories on the free news website,

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