Iowa Governor Hopeful Says Create Public-Private Partnership for ED

August 18, 2010 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

It must be in the water. The Ohio Republican Governor hopeful says privatize state economic development in Ohio. Here is another Republican Governor hopeful (from Iowa) saying replace the current state ED department with a new public-private partnership. The Republicans want change. The Democrats are on the hot seat with an economy that stinks and isn’t creating any jobs. Which way will the wind blow tomorrow?

Iowa should eliminate its economic development department and replace it with a public-private agency, Republican candidate for governor Terry Branstad said yesterday. Branstad said the change would increase flexibility and incorporate a customer-service mentality “so Iowa can make the ‘sale’ to keep or create jobs.” Details were limited, but Branstad and his aides pointed to similar models in states such as Mississippi, Virginia and Indiana. Indiana’s economic development czar alone has the power to provide incentives to expanding and relocating businesses.

Brandstad had his chance as Iowa Governor a few years back. He wants back in. I actually met him when I was working on George Voinovich’s first Ohio gubernatorial campaign in 1991 as an ED advisor.

Read the story here.

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