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We were talking about college graduates leaving Iowa

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When I lived there almost 30 years ago. It's still going on. All the young people seem to be moving to cities. From Slate.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! What the selectiveness of your college says about where you’re likely to move after.
“There seem to be two different migrations going on,” observed Robert Kelchen, a professor at Seton Hall and author of a January paper on interstate migration of young graduates. “The selective schools seem to be sending a lot more graduates to the coast, and the less selective schools seem to be sending graduates, when they go out of state, to the Sun Belt states.”  It’s not that big research universities that are easier to get into, like Oklahoma State or Texas A&M, aren’t sending kids to these high-gravity cities—but by and large their graduates are more likely to wind up moving nearby. For U.S. colleges, this pattern is the norm rather than the exception. More than half of recent University of Memphis grads stay in Memphis; more than half of S…

Happy National Flip Flop Day!

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by ZocDoc.
From Visually.

Happy Flag Day

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From Visually.

Two Tennessee cities

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Make this list of the fifty worst cities to live in. Cities had have population over 50,00 and nine categories were examined: crime, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure. Detroit and Flint Michigan topped the list, with St. Louis third. God help me, I love lists like this. From 24/7 Wall Street.
50 Worst Cities to Live In
36. Knoxville, Tennessee
> Population:
186,238
> Median home value: $128,000
> Poverty rate: 25.4%
> Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 35.1%  About one in every four Knoxville residents live in poverty, well above the 14% share of Americans and the second highest poverty rate of any large city in the state. Poorer areas often struggle with crime, and in Knoxville, both violent and property crimes are more than twice as common as they are nationwide.  While the city struggles with low incomes and higher crime rates, the home of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville also has some positive attributes comm…

Two of the top ten

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Are in Iowa. I haven't been to Ithaca or Ann Arbor, but I've visited the rest. From Realtor.com.

The Best Affordable College Towns for Recent Grads—and Everyone Else
"People go [to college towns] with the intention of pursuing a degree ... but find these places have lots of the advantages of much larger places," says Blake Gumprecht, author of "The American College Town." He's also a graduate of the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, one of the towns that made our list.  To find these top college towns best suited to putting down roots, we looked at the 700 largest markets around the country. We included only those with at least one four-year university with at least 10,000 undergraduates. Then we ranked them based on a variety of factors, including their percentage of college students, unemployment rates, home appreciation, and median income.*  The biggest cities didn’t make our list—they're so large that the percentage of students isn’t as dominant…

Goals

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The golden fleece of management mythology. Could the work we put into writing goals be put to better use. Hmmmm. From Amy Leschke-Kahle, writing in Forbes.
The Myth of Goals: An Honest Observation of What We All Wish Was True
Have you ever asked yourself why the goals we set last year somehow became virtually irrelevant by about March? Aren't goals supposed to be impermeable in helping us align, get the right work done, and create a means for measuring performance? Wouldn't it be great if goals made all those things happen?  It's not that goals in and of themselves are bad; it's just that we use them badly.
Here are a few things to consider that will reveal how your organization is thinking about goals – and if they are truly achieving what you set out for them to do.  Myth #1: SMART goals are smart  While SMART (Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely) goals were designed to standardize the goal development process, most SMART goals are actually not so smart. Do…