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Featured Priority Tour on Infrastructure with Senator Grassley

2021 Grassley Infrastructure Tour

September 7, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, along with the Indianola Chamber of Commerce and the City of Indianola, hosted U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley at the Missouri Valley Training Center to highlight the need for infrastructure investment. As part of its advocacy efforts, The Partnership is working with all members of Iowa's Congressional delegation to plan events in Greater Des Moines (DSM) during the remainder of 2021 to discuss featured policy priorities for the region. This event focused on infrastructure and highlighted the addition of the Missouri Valley Training Center as part of the expansion of the city’s industrial park. The Training Center is an example of how intersections between the public and private sectors to complete important projects can help Indianola and the entire region of DSM grow. Grassley Event

Missouri Valley Training Center

The Indianola Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Missouri Valley Training Center to our community, and as a Chamber member, with their grand opening in May 2021. Serving as an apprenticeship program for power linemen, traffic signal, streetlight and substation technicians, the four-year program consists of 7,000 hours of on-the-job training and 144 hours in the classroom. The Indianola Chamber wants to thank them for their commitment to Indianola by supporting economic development and talent recruitment efforts.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Package

Senator Grassley recently voted in support of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package and during the tour of the Missouri Valley Training Center, highlighted components of the package that will support DSM. Included in his remarks were $4.2 billion for road repairs, $431 billion for bridge repairs, increased funding for the Des Moines International Airport terminal project and dollars for building and repairing transmission lines for which Missouri Valley apprentices will be crucial. Thank you, Senator Grassley, for supporting our community and the federal bipartisan infrastructure package. We hope to see the package pass the U.S. House of Representatives and be signed by President Biden.

Stay tuned for The Partnership’s future Featured Priority Tour events with other members of Iowa’s Congressional delegation.

The Partnership's Public Policy team engages with local, state and federal officials to create public policy that generates economic growth, business prosperity and talent development in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The Partnership is a nonpartisan organization.

Amanda Ripperger

Amanda Ripperger is the owner of four successful restaurants - two in Indianola, on in Ankeny and another in Winterset. Not only do she and her husband Joe run four thriving restaurants, but Amanada serves the Indianola community in leadership roles through the Indianola Athletic Boosters and many Indianola events.