That might be a little sarcastic but I have written before that be it music, fashion, or the economy things happen on the coasts and then filter their way to middle America.
The Des Moines Business Record has an article titled A World Of Opportunities. An interesting read about the impact of the recession in Iowa and a great quote from Therese Wielage, Vice President of Spindustry Systems, in regards to how the state weathered the storm better than most states,
“We’re so pragmatic,” she said. “We weren’t working on things that weren’t real. You’re doing bricks-and-mortar work, not millionaire-on-paper work.”
Another interesting part of the article is the noting of Iowa State and its fantastic security related curriculum, which was stepped up after demand from the private sector.