Culver continues press for I-JOBS borrowing plan

Governor Chet Culver continues to lobby legislators to endorse his $750 million borrowing plan he dubbed I-JOBS.  This afternoon, the governor's staff issued the following news release on the topic, citing a statement from the Metropolitan Coalition (the nine largest cities in Iowa).


DES MOINES – The Metropolitan Coalition, an organization representing Iowa’s largest communities, has endorsed I-JOBS, the $750 million proposal by Governor Chet Culver and Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge to invest in Iowa infrastructure, create jobs and strengthen the economy.

"The Metropolitan Coalition is supportive of I-JOBS and what it will mean for rebuilding Iowa, funding infrastructure projects, and creating jobs,” said Ross Wilburn, former mayor of Iowa City and chair of the Metropolitan Coalition. “This is an important effort that will strengthen local government, local economies, and Iowa as a whole."

In March, Governor Culver unveiled the Culver/Judge I-JOBS initiative. The plan will help communities large and small fulfill unmet infrastructure needs and is expected to create thousands of good-paying jobs all across the state.

“I want to thank the Metropolitan Coalition for supporting I-JOBS. This plan will benefit communities large and small across Iowa by rebuilding their infrastructure and revitalizing their economy. As the Lieutenant Governor and I have visited dozens of towns and cities across the state, community leaders have shown us that there is a real need for this proposal,” said Governor Culver. "Now, we must turn our proposal into a reality. As we enter the final days of the legislative session, I will continue to work with House and Senate leaders in realizing our common goal of putting Iowans to work and building a stronger, safer Iowa.”

The Metropolitan Coalition represents Iowa’s nine largest cities: Ames, Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux City, and West Des Moines.

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