Infrastructure - Iowa Chamber Alliance

Infrastructure

Economic development happens where infrastructure is available to serve the needs of the project. Roads and bridges, water and sewer, energy and telecommunications infrastructure all require long term, reliable investment – investment in which Iowa has dedicated minimal resources. ICA supports regular review of Iowa’s infrastructure needs at the state and local levels. We also encourage long-term planning and examination of innovative funding mechanisms, such as public-private partnerships and alternative project delivery methods that protect taxpayers and make the necessary resources available for these significant capital investments, including aligning with potential federal infrastructure initiatives. 

As programs such as the Flood Mitigation Program undertakings near completion, we encourage the state to think about the next large transformative investment in multiple communities across the state. This includes pushing for policies that support financing these projects and providing the legal framework for projects that cross juris-dictional lines at the state, county, and city levels.  

Iowa should join other states that have taken port authorities beyond maritime commerce and used them as strong elements of successful economic development and placemaking strategies. This tool allows communities to better work together on regionally-transformative commerce-focused, economic development or quality of life projects by better delineating risk between jurisdictions and merging financing similar to how other infrastructure projects are deployed. This can be done without allowing for any new levying authority. 

Connectivity

The importance of broadband for Iowa’s future cannot be stressed enough. In order to attract the best talent and compete globally, highspeed broadband is necessary across the state in both rural and urban communities. Policymakers need to ensure a fostering regulatory environment and resources for broader deployment across the state.  

Water

Aging infrastructure and mandated improvements have the potential to increase rates for the provision of water and wastewater service. Affordable rates and the capacity for growth are key elements in attracting and retaining businesses. ICA continues to support additional funding sources and flexible policies that sufficiently address necessary water infrastructure improvements in the future, which register in the billions of dollars across the state. 

Transportation

ICA encourages a continued conversation about the long-term funding needs of the Road Use Tax Fund in order to sustain Iowa’s transportation infrastructure. Addition-ally, ICA reiterates its call for a reexamination of the distribution of those dollars to follow the TIME-21 formula more closely. 

ICA also supports investment in the improvement of Iowa’s railways and funding of intermodal rail and transportation hubs. ICA also remains committed to leveraging federal dollars to invest in passenger rail and other strategic transportation infrastructure. 

 

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