Community and business leaders, economic development groups, elected officials and students from Southeast Iowa visited the capital to talk to legislators about the priorities for the region.
Over 100 individuals, including 26 students from 13 high schools, discussed state issues with the Iowa Chamber Alliance, heard an update from the Iowa DOT Director Mark Lowe and furthered the conversation with Debi Durham regarding workforce, the expansions of current industry and the attraction of new businesses to SE Iowa.
SE Iowa representatives also had the opportunity to talk with Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. Gregg emphasized the importance of rural Iowa and his fondness of SE Iowa when his family visited the region. "As products of rural Iowa,” Gregg said he and Reynolds were "committed to investing in small communities, like those in southeast Iowa, to help the state grow."
In order to help rural regions grow, Gregg stressed the importance of having the people industry needs in order to succeed. "We have more jobs than we have people to fill them,” Gregg said. “As problems go, that’s a pretty good problem to have, but it still presents a challenge nonetheless.”