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Chamber sets for Washington Summit trip

More than 20 to talk with Congressional leaders

April 23, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

A group of 22 area city, county and business leaders will be on their way to Washington, D.C. this week for the 20th annual Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce Washington Summit.

The group will be in the nation's capital from Tuesday through Thursday to meet with elected officials, their staffs and other U.S. department officials.

"You build those relationships with them over time," said Ken Anderson, president of the Chamber. "It helps them understand what our needs are in our community."

The group will have three main priorities this year as they speak with lawmakers and policy makers on the trip - education reform, healthcare reform and transportation.

Anderson said transportation issue will include infrastructure needs such as the bridges on North Center Street and Highway 30 expansion.

He said the priorities were set over the course of several months in talking with local business leaders and elected officials.

Another local group will be in Washington on Tuesday - the area World War II veterans on the Honor Flight. Anderson said the Chamber group is hoping to link up with the veterans at the World War II Memorial since their plans overlap.

"I'm hoping that we can make that happen," Anderson said.



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