President Donald Trump was in Peosta on Thursday to participate in a roundtable discussion at NICC.
Roundtable participants included Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, First District Congressman Rod Blum and NICC President Dr. Wee. And several local residents were invited to be among the two hundred guests to attend the roundtable, though they weren’t able to speak directly with the president.
Delaware County Economic Development Director Donna Boss received her invite Wednesday night. She says it was an honor.
Agriculture was among the topics discussed at Thursday’s roundtable. Earlier this week, President Trump’s administration announced $12 billion in aid to farmers dealing with retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trading partners. It’s an issue that directly affects Boss, who farms with her husband near Manchester.
Workforce development was also a major topic. Trump said he plans to sign legislation to reauthorize a program that provides money for job training and related programs for students. Congress last authorized the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act in 2006. Lawmakers passed the bill Wednesday. Ivanka Trump, who attended Thursday’s event in Peosta with her father, says it will help 11 million students and workers across the country acquire the technical skills they need to thrive in an increasingly digital economy. Boss says that’s promising.
Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer, who serves on one of NICC’s boards, was also among the two hundred invited guests. In his forty years as mayor, it was his first time participating in an event with a sitting U.S. president.
XL Specialized Trailers and Kendrick Forest Products were among the local manufacturers invited to the roundtable, with Kendricks’ even handing out a gift to each of the two hundred invited guests – a small wood-framed sign that read, “Together, we will make America great again”.
Hundreds of people were lined up along the streets as well – including protesters, some with signs that read “Love Trumps Hate”.
(top two photos courtesy of Donna Boss; bottom photo courtesy of Stephonie Schmitz)