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25 June 2018
On 20 June 2018 U.S. News & World Report reported: For more than 40 years, the city of Fairfield, Iowa, has been coming to terms with its dual role as the county seat of largely rural Jefferson County and the host city to the Maharishi University of Management, the institution founded in the 1970s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. . . .
City and county leaders say the health and overall success of their community comes through the effective bridging of the small-town experience and the university's broader draw. The school incorporates Transcendental Meditation alongside more traditional academic offerings, such as majors in computer science, business or art. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the fields of culture and health.
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Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, a native of New York, came to the city in the 1980s drawn by the mission of the university. He was first elected to the office in 2001. ''Fairfield is quite unique because of its power to draw so many talented people and investment capital, but we've learned some very basic elements that can be replayed on other rural community economic development platforms,'' Malloy says. ''It involves business incubation and organized mentorship, access to capital and ensuring that there's adequate broadband. There are a number of things that we know have to be in place. . . .''
Since the 1980s, . . . the ''meditators'' have become more invested in the community and the ''townies'' have become more open to a wider variety of perspectives on community health, wellness and nutrition. Perhaps reflective of that increased unity, Jefferson County ranks among the country's 500 Healthiest Communities, scoring well in categories such as community vitality, population health and infrastructure in U.S. News' analysis of factors tied to health and well-being across nearly 3,000 counties and county equivalents.
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