Resilience and Ingenuity in Webster City and Iowa City

Jul 6, 2017

In 2011, after 73 years in business, the Electrolux factory in Webster City closed its doors. The closing was a major blow for the small town, but the people Webster City didn’t take the loss sitting down.

A new short documentary, "Made in Iowa," focuses on the growth of small businesses in Webster City following the factory closure.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with the man behind the documentary, the Webster City mayor, and a life long resident of Webster City.

(from left) Ala Mohammad and Raneem Hamad at the Muslim Ban protest in downtown Iowa City

Also on the show, Nebbe talks with Raneem Hamad, a 2017 graduate and valedictorian of West High School in Iowa City. Hamad, who's family is originally from Sudan, came to the U.S. when she was nine.

After she and her family were targeted by hate speech this year, she decided to stand up for herself and organize her fellow students. She is one of the founders of “Students against Hate and Discrimination," a club consisting of City and West High students working toward raising social awareness and fighting discrimination in the community.