Sioux City will be the host site tonight for the first of nine focus group sessions being conducted by the Iowa Transportation Commission on future transportation investment strategies for the state. D-O-T planner, Stuart Anderson, says the sessions will help wrap up an ongoing study. He says the D-O-T Commission has been working with professor David Forkenbrock of the University of Iowa to study how transportation investments made by the commission impact the quality of life and the economy of the state. Anderson says Forkenbrock has developed a report of potential strategies the commission might want to use to make decisions. Anderson says they want to get you opinion on the study. He says some of the ideas aren’t new, but they’ll be presented together in a package at the nine meetings that’ll run through September. He says they hope to use the information from the focus groups to round out the study.He says the meetings will culminate with a summary of the information from the public meetings and then he’ll prepare more information for the commission to consider.Tonight’s session is from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Sioux City Convention Center. The next sessions are: July 9, Southwestern Community College in Creston; July 23, Best Western Crossroads of the Bluffs in Council Bluffs; July 30, The Hotel in Spencer; September 9, Holiday Inn in Davenport;September 23, Charles City Public Library; September 30, Mount Pleasant Ramada Inn;October 7, Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, Cedar Rapids; October 21, Botanical Center in Des Moines.
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