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Johnson, Yankton Leaders Tour City's Economic Development Projects

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Location: Yankton, SD

Johnson, Yankton Leaders Tour City's Economic Development Projects

U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) today took an economic development tour of Yankton with city leaders to discuss plans to renovate downtown Yankton and progress on the nearly completed Discovery Bridge.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Johnson has helped secure more than $11 million for the Discovery Bridge replacement project.

"Yankton has made so much progress in recent years, and I look forward to working with the city's new leadership to keep projects on track and pursue new economic development opportunities," Johnson said. "In particular, I am pleased to have been a part of the effort to replace Yankton's iconic bridge, a crucial infrastructure project to the city's future."

On the tour, Johnson was also updated on west side development from Yankton's economic development leaders, in addition to Discovery Bridge Construction Manager Bob Wiebelhaus's update on construction of the bridge.

Johnson remains committed to working to fund economic development and infrastructure projects at the federal level, and proposed a plan to do so called the Hometown Prosperity Plan.

Over the last few years, Johnson has worked to implement that plan by supporting the four-pillar agenda it sets forth to advance South Dakota's economy. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from

In addition to today's tour of Yankton, Johnson has attended meetings and events in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Madison, Harrisburg, McLaughlin, Brookings, Wanblee, Mitchell, Rapid City, Sturgis, Watertown, Lower Brule, Pierre, Ft. Pierre, and Huron among others, during the August district work period.

Johnson's 19 city tour of the state continues this week, and will include a stop in Vermillion on Friday to tour the Sanford School of Medicine's Lee Building and dedicate the new facility.

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