Area legislators joined members of the Edgewood community for a roundtable discussion Friday hosted by Delaware County Economic Development and Edgewood Economic Development and Chamber. State Senators Dan Zumbach and Michael Breitbach and State Representatives Lee Hein, Nancy Dunkel and Roger Thomas answered questions from an audience of invited guests at the Edgewood Event Center. With the start of 2014 legislative session less than two months away, it also gave Senator Zumbach of Ryan and the other legislators a chance to share what they expect for the upcoming session.
Along with the roundtable discussion, Friday’s event also offered the legislators and other invited guests tours of two of Edgewood’s largest and most successful businesses – the Edgewood Locker and Kendrick’s Forest Products. Rhonda Kendrick, owner of Kendrick’s Forest Products, wanted to know what legislators could do to strengthen the connection between businesses like hers and students who could become potential employees. It brought up a discussion highlighting options for high school graduates. Zumbach says a four-year college degree isn’t necessarily the right path for everyone.
Friday’s discussion also included concerns about funding for education and the fuel tax. Representative Hein of Monticello appreciated the feedback.
Representative Dunkel of Dyersville believes the gas tax will be a big topic of discussion when the legislative session reconvenes in January.
Zumbach says roundtables like these are helpful in gathering information to bring to Des Moines.
Delaware County Economic Development Director Donna Boss says they hope to make the Legislative Roundtable an annual event.