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Blog // Connect Iowa

President's Iowa Stop Spotlights Broadband as a Major Key to Economic Development

By CIA Staff

President Obama’s three-day bus tour through a handful of Midwest states is now complete. On Tuesday, the President hosted the Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta. That’s where he addressed local farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials about ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation in rural communities nationwide.     During the town hall style session, the President spoke directly about goals to strengthen the economy. One major goal of his administration is the modernizing of infrastructure...

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In Advance of the Ames Straw Poll, Iowans Connect With Their Government Online

By CIA Staff

By Chris McGovern, Manager of Research Development with Connected Nation   Tomorrow, Republican presidential candidates are going to be reaching out to potential voters at the Ames Straw Poll. While the Straw Poll (which has been called a cross between a “political convention and a county fair”) has been going on for over two decades, a portion of Iowans are using more high-tech ways to connect with their government officials.   According to research from Connect Iowa, 69% of Iowa Internet users (representing approximately 1.4 million Iowa adults) go online to use e-government applications. This includes approximately...

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