CLINTON — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made a stop in the Gateway area Wednesday, meeting with local officials and dignitaries to talk and tour the Clinton County Bio Energy plant.
Reynolds heard from figures such as Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich, City Administrator Matt Brooke, as well as Camanche Mayor Trevor Willis and Camanche City Administrator Andrew Kida. Clinton County Supervisor Dan Srp spoke on behalf of the county, as well.
The governor expressed excitement and optimism after hearing about various industrial and housing developments in Clinton and Camanche, admiring the teamwork the two cities have shown in recent years.
“That’s smart; that’s how we need to look at it, from a regional perspective,” Reynolds said. “Keep up the great work. We want to continue to be a partner. It’s all about partnership...that’s the way it should be. We want to continue to be accessible and be a partner. When you’re successful, we’re successful.”
Plant Manager Russell Raab was on hand to show Reynolds the ins-and-outs of the bio energy world. Afterward, Reynolds commented on the importance making sure that the existing bio fuel plants are successful not only in bigger, mid-sized cities such as Clinton, but also smaller, more rural areas.
“One of the biggest things I think we can do is just create an environment that’s conducive to economic growth,” Reynolds said. “We want to make sure that our existing companies, we’re meeting their needs. We want to take care of our existing companies that have already made a decision to invest and locate in our state.”