Administration Invests Nearly Eight Billion Dollars in Iowa Infrastructure

Progress Iowa has released new information showing how billions of dollars of federal infrastructure investments have made a crucial difference in the state, especially in rural areas.

A group of advocates met last week to discuss the investments. From farm programs to health-care access, transportation infrastructure to broadband, the federal government has invested 7-point-8 billion dollars in Iowa programs statewide.

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic says that perhaps no investment has been more critical than the 400 million dollars to connect Iowans to the internet…

Sinovic says at least 8 million homes and small businesses nationwide still lack high-speed internet access. State data show more than three dozen projects are underway to connect more rural Iowans and businesses.

Beyond investments in broadband, Sinovic says the federal government has made access to child care more affordable, boosted energy-efficiency programs, and fixed major roads and bridges. The state launched www.IowaAtWork.com, an interactive, detailed website where Iowans can keep track of it all…

Progress Iowa hosted a roundtable discussion last week to hear from people in rural Iowa about how the investments have helped their communities, and also to talk about which needs still exist.

(credit to Iowa News Service)

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