Culver flies to DC, Canada and back to DC this week

Governor Chet Culver was the guest on this past weekend's edition of the Iowa Public Television program Iowa Press (click on that link to watch the video/read the transcript).  He made news on several fronts:  gay marriage, income tax policy, the gas tax

This morning, Culver's staff announced the governor has meetings in D.C. and Canada this week.  Read aall about it below.  I'll try to get a copy of the commencement speech and post it here tomorrow.

DES MOINES – This week, Governor Chet Culver will travel to the east coast to discuss Iowa’s economy and job creation.

The Governor will be in Washington, DC today, where he will hold two separate meetings with Obama Administration officials.  The Governor’s first meeting will be with Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu to discuss Iowa’s leadership in wind energy and biofuels. Later that afternoon, Governor Culver will meet with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, where they will talk about the department’s role in Iowa’s disaster recovery and efforts to expand broadband access across the state.

On Tuesday, the Governor returns to his high school alma mater to deliver the commencement address at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.  The Governor will be delivering the speech 25 years after graduating from the high school, and 50 years after then Senator John F. Kennedy delivered the commencement address. The Governor will discuss with the Class of 2009 Iowa’s innovative spirit and leadership in renewable energy. The Governor will conclude by challenging the students to pursue their dreams and contribute to American tradition of innovation and exploration.

On Wednesday, the Governor will be in Quebec for the North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO) Conference, where he will be participating in the Leaders Summit.  The Leaders Summit brings together high ranking officials from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to discuss trade and transportation issues.  The Governor will discuss with his fellow elected officials the opportunities that exist in Iowa, and ways to bring new economic opportunities to our state.

Finally, the Governor will return to Washington on Thursday, where he will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Ried and talk about Iowa’s growing wind energy industry, as well as advocate for a national renewable energy standard to help expand the use of renewable energy across the country.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.