Omaha Public Radio News
1:35 am
Fri March 20, 2009

I-JOBS program seeks to put $750 million into Iowa projects

Council Bluffs, IA – Council Bluffs officials hope a $750 million state stimulus plan will mean road improvements, infrastructure upgrades, and the addition of a new Business Park.

Iowa Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge was in Council Bluffs Thursday to announce the I-JOBS program. The $750 million would be divided among infrastructure, water quality, public building, and community projects statewide. The Iowa Legislature must still approve the I-JOBS program before funds are allocated.

Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan says the I-JOBS program is aggressive and will benefit Iowans for generations to come. One project Council Bluffs officials would use I-JOBS money for is a business park and utility improvements near Iowa Western Community College. Hanafan says that project would create jobs and educational opportunities for Bluffs residents.

Lieutenant Governor Judge says if the I-JOBS plan passes, a Board would be set up to determine allocations. She hopes communities can start on projects this construction season.