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Braley Highlights Importance of Infrastructure to Iowa's Economy

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Location: Fairfax, IA

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today boarded a Union Pacific Train in Fairfax headed to Marshalltown to promote and support enhancements to Iowa's infrastructure. Braley was joined by representatives from Union Pacific and Cargill to discuss the importance infrastructure plays in Iowa's economy.

"Investing in infrastructure is one of the best ways to get Iowa's economy back on track," Braley said. "Iowa businesses rely on strong infrastructure to make sure that goods and services are delivered as promised, whether it's across town or across the country.

"By working with businesses in our communities, we are able to create strong partnerships that not only create good jobs for Iowans, but make more substantial improvements to our infrastructure than we ever could working alone."

Braley has been an effective leader in contributing to enhancements in infrastructure. Braley secured the funding to rebuild Waterloo and Cedar Rapids rail bridges after the devastating 2008 floods. These projects were completed through a public-private partnership, which highlights how government and business can successfully work together on projects that impact entire communities, like improving railways, roads, and airports, among others.

Cargill and Union Pacific each have a significant presence in Iowa. Cargill employs 4,095 at 29 locations across Iowa, including Cedar Rapids, that produce and market food products across the world, and depends on strong infrastructure. Union Pacific Corporation is an American rail transportation company covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States.

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