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Supportive of Alliant project

David Maahs, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Des Moines

November 4, 2012
Times-Republican

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving the Greater Des Moines metro covering an eight-county region (Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek and Warren). One of the Partnership's goals is to maximize local resources to address opportunities for economic and community growth.

That is why we were excited to hear Alliant Energy's announcement of its long-term plans to build a new gas-fired generation plant in our member community of Marshalltown. Our friends in Marshalltown are enthusiastic about the plan and look forward to the growth it would bring to their community. With this announcement, it shows that Alliant Energy is as optimistic about Iowa's long-term future as we are.

We support Alliant's plan and think it will have an immediate, as well as a long-term impact on our region. First, the project will create about 300 construction jobs throughout the build. Second, it will generate millions in new tax revenue for Marshall County and for the state of Iowa. And third, it will expand access and capacity to natural gas for the region. Having better access to natural gas will create more sites for industrial development and economic growth. Finally, the project will provide reliable, clean energy to Iowa's consumers in a cost-effective manner.

We look forward to working with Alliant Energy and our partners in Marshall County and throughout the region to maximize the impact of this major investment in Central Iowa. The implementation of this plan will strengthen our ability to retain and attract businesses to the region and create economic development opportunities.

 
 

 

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