U.S. Representative Steve King testified before the Highways, Transit, and Pipelines Subcommittee yesterday to bring priority projects to the attention of Subcommittee Chairman Thomas Petri and Ranking Member William Lipinski through testimony.
"Throughout our nation's history, economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity have followed investments in our nation's infrastructure. From the 'internal improvements' of the early 1800's - canals, locks, and roads - to the highway system of today, infrastructure investment has been our foundation for economic growth," King said.
King highlighted the importance of economic growth to jobs, population, schools, tax base and the basic wealth of Iowa's people. "In order to attract residents and businesses, improving access to the national transportation system is key. Iowa especially lacks critical access to major markets," King stated.
King shared with the Subcommittee that the commitment and desire for a four- lane Highway 20 has been exhibited in Northwest Iowa through the formation of the Highway 20 West Association, whose mission is to promote this improvement of U.S. 20 between Sioux City and Fort Dodge. Economic development officials have proven that prospective businesses are interested in the nearest Interstate or four-lane highway. He also shared the importance of funding for the Hoeven Corridor - Outer Drive connection, the U.S. 75/Iowa 60 Corridor, and Interstate 29. King said that he looks forward to working with the Chairman and Ranking Member to improve the 5th District of Iowa's future - one that is brighter, more optimistic and brimming with individual opportunity.