Gov. Terry Branstad today released the following statement upon learning that the United States Postal Service will continue operating post offices in rural Iowa:
"I am pleased that the United States Postal Service has taken a more thoughtful approach in addressing their fiscal concerns. Clearly, the USPS heard loud and clear from the hundreds of Iowans who showed up at town meetings across the state to voice their concerns regarding the disproportionate impact that rural communities would have felt if the USPS had followed its initial plan. I am proud of the Iowans who stood and made their voice heard on this very important issue and thank the congressional delegation for engaging on this issue. To rural communities, a post office is an identity, a way of life, and most importantly, a critically vital economic development tool."