WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced several events for this weekend that kick of his August travel in the state. A full schedule of Senator Harkin’s Iowa travels will be available shortly.
Friday, August 1st — Council Bluffs
2:30 P.M. Visit the Bluffs Senior Center
714 South Main Street
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Senator Harkin helped secure $2.5 million for investments to revitalize housing and spur economic development in Council Bluffs. The Bluffs Senior Center, a senior center on Main Street, was the catalyst for these revitalization funds in Council Bluffs. In 2000, as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD), Harkin secured $500,000 for the redevelopment of the center. Harkin will tour The Bluffs Center with Tom Jensen, executive director of the senior center, followed by remarks from officials in the community, including Mayor Matt Walsh, as well as leaders from local economic development and seniors’ advocacy groups.
Saturday, August 2nd— Sioux City and Coon Rapids
10:00 A.M. Tour of Sioux City Investments
405 6th Street
Sioux City, IA 51102
Mayor Scott will welcome Senator Harkin and city officials with a kick-off event at City Hall to start a tour of various economic development priorities in the area. Senator Harkin spent his career working to improve economic opportunities for Iowans in Woodbury County. Between 2001 and 2013, he worked to fund more than 54 projects in Woodbury County that are worth more than $36 million. He also fought for programs that provided more $51 million for the area.
Highlights: In 2000, Harkin worked to acquire nearly $20 million to help construct the Hoeven Corridor Outer Drive the improved opportunities for businesses development and easing traffic congestion in Sioux City. From 2009 to 2010, Harkin secured $2.5 million to help Sioux City pay for the cost of utility relocation necessary to improve Interstate-29. Throughout his career, Harkin has consistently supported efforts to make Highway 20 a four lane road, a key artery of commerce linking Sioux City with the rest of the state. A map of the tour is available here.
2:00 P.M. Visit Whiterock Conservancy
1390 Highway 141
Coon Rapids, IA 50058
Senator Harkin will meet with leaders of the Whiterock Conservancy to learn about initiatives designed to improve recreational trail development, environmental stewardship and rural economic development. In 2009, Harkin secured $380,000 for the project, which jump-started efforts to raise the remaining funds for the planned $4.2 million multi-use trail through the prairies, timber, and oak savannahs of Whiterock. The Whiterock Conservancy is a land trust comprised of 5,000 acres along the middle Raccoon River. Throughout his career, Harkin has worked to invest in land and trail projects that preserve our wildlife and grasslands and promote community engagement. Harkin will also learn about efforts to expand the Dunbar Slough wetlands complex in Iowa’s Southern Prairie Pothole Region.