7. The Clinton school system continues to invest in its infrastructure. The new middle school will have an investment of $21 million, again creating many construction jobs. This addition will spur development in that area. Our schools in Iowa have the best high school graduation rate of all the states.
8. Union Pacific will continue to move forward with the property acquisition for its new rail bridge, greatly improving transportation flow for the railroad and bridge traffic. This is a $400 million project that will benefit commerce in Illinois and Iowa, and is a huge construction project.
9. The fine folks across the river in Fulton, Morrison, Thomson and Albany are working diligently to open the Thomas Correctional Center. In October the federal government starts a $25 million remodelig program and in one year these towns will work hard to obtain funding of $160 million for the opening of the prison. This project can create up to 1,100 permanent jobs at very high wages.
10. Camanche is completing Washington Boulevard, which is a very nice $4 million addition for their grand entrance to the community.
11. Clinton has spent $1.25 million in street improvements the last two years, which has made a huge difference. Clinton will spend an additional $2.5 million per year for the next seven years. This is a wonderful commitment made by our city leaders.
12. The citizens of Clinton have the honor of electing five council people and four school board members this fall. Democracy at its best!
13. The Chamber of Commerce worked many months to develop the Wilson building in downtown Clinton. They are a real driving force in our city. The Clinton Regional Development Corp. has worked with the county and city to develop our railport which is now paying off; this development will produce many more jobs in the future. Also, many local businesses are starting or expanding — a shop for a concrete contractor, expansion of a dentist’s office, new automotive repair, housing complex, possible large warehouse, bank expansion and $400,000 for the Clinton-Camanche bike path.
In closing, this is our community and working together we can accomplish a great deal. There is no reason why we cannot be the No. 1 city in Iowa. It’s an admirable goal. People in eastern Iowa should be proud that we have accomplished so much. This is a great place to live and raise a family. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to move our community forward.