DES MOINES – Governor Chet Culver issued the following statement tonight:
"I congratulate Governor Branstad on his victory tonight. I want to thank Lt. Governor Judge, my family, my campaign staff, my Governor's Office staff, and all the other Iowans who have given us so much support and encouragement over the last four years. We've tried to look to the interests of the next generation, not just the next election, in positioning Iowa for a great future."
DES MOINES – Forbes Magazine came out with their latest rankings on the best small cities to raise a family, and topping the list was Dubuque. They found that it is large enough to have a thriving business environment, yet small enough to not be overcrowded.
Under Governor Chet Culver, the state worked with local leaders and officials at IBM to bring the multi-national technology company to Duqubue. Thanks to the Iowa Values Fund, our successful public-private partnership, we were able to bring 1,300 good-paying, technology jobs.
“My administration has worked hard to bring new jobs and new opportunities to communities large and small all across Iowa, and no place highlights the success of our efforts more than Dubuque,” said Governor Culver. “We brought 1,300 jobs to this community with IBM. And through I-JOBS, we are improving the infrastructure of this community and laying the groundwork for future growth with an $8.1 million investment in 32 projects in Dubuque County. This new ranking confirms that the Culver/Judge Administration is getting the job done.”
The ranking by Forbes is one more top national ranking for the state of Iowa. Thanks to Governor Culver’s leadership, Iowa is now ranked:
1st in children’s health care thanks to our investments in HAWK-I and Medicaid
1st in renewable energy
2nd in fiscal situation
3rd best-run state in America
3rd best employment outlook in the nation
Top financial rating with a AAA bond rating
Iowa is the 6th top state for doing business
Iowa’s economic performance is the 8th in the nation thanks to I-JOBS
8th lowest unemployment in the nation
Des Moines and West Des Moines both rank in top ten best cities to relocate in America by Sperling’s
“When you rank in the top ten, why would you throw out the coach?” said Governor Culver. “Terry Branstad says that our record speaks for itself, and it certainly does. Under the Culver/Judge Administration, we have become one of the top states in America for kids, financial strength, and business. We are working hard to make our state the best in America, and I respectfully ask for your vote today so we can continue to move Iowa forward.”