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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2011 EDIES Story 11 of 24: Four-Laning US Highway 30 into the heart of Tama County, Iowa

US Highway 30 is the second most traveled east-west corridor in the state, yet a significant amount of it is 2-lane making it dangerous and inefficient. Every year we hear about the fatalities and prematurely deteriorating pavement getting beat up by 2.7+ million cars, trucks and farm equipment in Tama-Toledo.  And the numbers kept increasing. Then between 2008 and 2011 the portion through Tama-Toledo connecting to Meskwaki was improved and four-laned. We chatted with Edith Pfeffer (President of the Iowa Highway 30 Coalition) and Pam Wood (Past Mayor of Toledo) about how the improvements materialized Remind me – what are the EDIES.

HOW WE DID IT:
Completion of the Tama-Toledo By-Pass was the next step in completing the four-lane U.S. 30 across Iowa to the East. Congressman Boswell was the key to accomplishing the project.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA:
The gap needed to be filled as the Iowa DOT work to four-lane US 30 across Iowa.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE:
Elected officials (local officials) who first needed to support the project and then second needed to work together to accomplish the project. They also needed to understand how this fit into the bigger picture of being a critical and central hub in a much bigger transportation network that was underdeveloped from its economic potential.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT:
Many meetings discussing the pro’s and con’s of the issues. Willingness to listen and respect all involved with coming up with the best possible solutions.

ADVICE TO OTHERS:
Be sure to involve all citizens in the community in the project. Make citizens aware in advance of changes they need to make to promote the community after the project is completed.

WHAT IS NEXT:
Completion of the project from US 218 to East of Tama. This will complete the road from Ogden to Cedar Rapids a distance of 125 miles of four-lane. Also join us for Hwy 30 Day at the Capital in Des Moines Wed. February 22, 2012.

Pictured: (left to right) Travis Mullen (City of Toledo Councilman), Nancy Burk (City of Toledo Attorney), Pam Wood (2011 Mayor of Toledo), Lance Horbach (State Representative), (Senator Chuck Grassley Liaison), Edith Pfeffer (President of Iowa Hwy 30 Coalition).

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