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Iowa Governor Touts Two Economic Growth Projects in Sioux City

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds was in Siouxland on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 to tout the completion of a fiber optics network and a community college home building program.   

Reynolds cut the ribbon today on a newly created fiber optics network center in downtown Sioux City.  Data and broadband company FiberComm opened a new office today on Pierce Street.  The $6 million project is a so-called “carrier hotel” with 24/7 access for companies to connect with fiber optic networks.   

“We used to think about you know roads and bridges as part of commerce in the state, and actually connectivity is part of that as well.  It’s a great opportunity to drive economic growth in the state of Iowa.”

Reynolds also stopped by a westside project house built by Western Iowa Tech Community College's Home Building program.  That program directly benefits from the Future Ready Iowa initiative.  Reynolds said it will help grow the housing and the construction industries in Iowa. 

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"That’s one of the issues, barriers we have to economic growth.  We want to help Iowans get the skills to get the jobs that are available in construction, electrician and plumbing are three areas that are in high demand.”

The high demand building program qualifies for the Future Ready Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship, so enrolled students may qualify for additional financial assistance.  

Commenting on other issues, when asked about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, Reynolds said she was waiting for the House to vote on proceedings before passing judgement. 

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