MASON CITY, Iowa - Each year local leaders head to Washington D.C. to meet with Iowa lawmakers. It’s a trip Robin Anderson, the CEO and President of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, looks forward to. She says she was disappointed they had to cancel this year because of snow.
“You think you schedule a trip for the middle of April, the last thing you have to worry about is a blizzard,” she said.
Instead, US Congressman Steve King met the group in Mason City. He explained how national issues, such as the renewable fuel standard, tariffs and a labor shortage, are impacting our communities locally.
“It’s always great to hear from somebody who’s actually there and privy to the actual information,” said Anderson.
It goes both ways. Local leaders learned about what’s going on at the capital while Congressman King learned about what the needs are of those in North Iowa.
He’s also giving his advice on how to better our communities when it comes to local government.
“Leadership isn’t just about telling people what they need to be doing,” King said. “But about working with people and bringing about the facilitation of the things the public wants.”
When it comes to learning about the issues facing our nation, Anderson said local and national governments are all intertwined.
“Especially the Commerce Department, there’s things that have to do with trade and I don’t think people realize how important trade is to our local economy,” she said.
The group is still looking to schedule a meeting with former Iowa Ag. Secretary and current Under Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey.