Sheldon, Iowa — Economic development agencies from across northwest Iowa came together Monday to meet, and share their successes and concerns with Iowa’s Director of Economic Development, Debi Durham.
Some of the concerns brought up to Durham were the issues of available workforce, and available housing for that workforce here in northwest Iowa.
Durham says those two subjects are intertwined, and the State of Iowa has a new program to help cities solve that issue.
When asked about the proposed Rock Island Clean, the proposed electrical transmission infrastructure that would transport wind energy from northwest Iowa to Illinois, Durham says that, unfortunately, she doesn’t see a path forward toward completion of the project.
She says the Dakota Access project that would transport Bakken crude oil from North Dakota, across the state of Iowa will be a very good thing for the state.
Durham was in Sheldon to attend the meeting of Northwest Iowa Development, which was held Monday noon at Old 60 Steaks.