City leaders to discuss state of the community


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Mayor John Haila attends the Aug. 28 Ames city council meeting.

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Community leaders will meet Friday morning to discuss the state of the community and the Ames government’s goals for 2019.

A panel consisting of Mayor John Haila, School Board President Alisa Frandsen, DMACC President Robert Denson, Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen, Mary Greeley President and CEO Brian Dieter and Story County Board of Supervisors Chair Lauris Olson will address the state of the community at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Ames Community School District’s Administration Building.

The event is sponsored by the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County.

The Ames Chamber of Commerce released its legislative priorities for the new year in a press release Tuesday.

According to the release, the Chamber will focus on “strengthening the economic development environment, workforce recruitment and retention, protection of the property tax backfill [and] investment in Iowa’s transportation and infrastructure.”

The Chamber of Commerce also intends to prioritize extending the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE), a tax which focuses revenue solely on improving school infrastructure and paying back bonds.

According to the Chamber’s website, registration for the event is full, but it will be broadcast on the school district’s channel and on the Chamber’s Facebook page.