Cass County marks the 99th county visited this year for both Gov. Terry Branstad, who visited Plastic Professionals in Atlantic today, and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who wraps up her tour with a STEM Community Conversation at the Rock Island Depot in Atlantic on Tuesday, December 11 at 11 a.m.
"Each year, I am committed to visiting every Iowa county because I want to hear directly from Iowans," said Gov. Branstad. "When I put together my legislative proposals for the upcoming legislative session, I rely upon these visits to truly understand what Iowans wish to see in moving this state forward. I am grateful for each and every Iowan who turned out for our events, and I look forward to starting all over again this January."
Lt. Gov. Reynolds' travels this year included a number of town halls with Gov. Branstad, dozens of solo STEM appearances and joint STEM presentations with University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen, and visits to dozens of Iowa small businesses throughout the state.
"It is important for elected officials to be held accountable by those who elect them, and there is no better way than meeting with Iowans in every corner of the state," said Reynolds. "Our efforts to strengthen the middle class through sound budgeting principles, while focusing on the ideas that will improve our educational system and business climate, are shaped in large part by what we're hearing while on the road."
Branstad and Reynolds have each committed to all of Iowa's 99 counties every year.