Governor Branstad talks jobs, economic development

Lt. Gov. Reynolds (left) and Gov. Branstad (right) talk jobs and the economy at town-hall meeting at Fairfield Public Library

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds continued their discussion with Iowa communities in Fairfield Thursday morning.

On the agenda this timeâ??jobs. The governor says Iowa is in the best financial state itâ??s been in for decades, but a few audience members werenâ??t afraid to voice some of their concerns with the way large corporations operate in Iowa. However, Branstad says jobs and industry are growing significantly in rural Iowa, and that requires growing the stateâ??s population and making Iowa a place where people want to work, live and raise a family. He says with job opportunities to work for billion dollar companies like Google and Facebook here in Iowa, that means more jobs now and in the future.

â??We work with the local development people all over the state,â?? stated Gov. Branstad. â??And the result is we had over $6 billion of investments since the time we've been here. Iowa is now the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the entire nation.â??

The Governor says Iowa is a vital part of the global economy selling soybeans, corn and pork to China. Along with agriculture, he says the economy continues to thrive with job opportunities in big businesses like Cargill and John Deere. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds are working together to provide incentives like a $25 million jobs incentive, which they say will help attract more companies to bring their business to the Hawkeye State.