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IEDA Operation "Thank You' Update

Over the next several months, Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Reynolds and Debi Durham will be traveling the state with “Operation: Thank You” outreach events. The outreach will be coordinated through the regional marketing groups and local economic development groups to deliver the most effective program to our existing businesses. Companies who have completed a Synchronist call will be eligible for all of the opportunities from this outreach.

Operation Thank You will consist of the following:

  • Governor Branstad and/or Lt. Governor Reynolds will hold one-on-one meetings with companies in specific areas as part of the five “Operation: Thank You” business visits. 
  • There will be five receptions around the state inviting representatives from all the identified “traded cluster” companies in the area. 
  • In order to expand our efforts further, Debi Durham will commit to spending 1-2 days in each of the 17 regional marketing areas to conduct one-on-one appointments with the traded cluster companies your region prioritizes, working with your local utility partner. 


Many of the dates have been secured on the Governor’s calendar and Debi’s calendar. Kathy Anderson will be reaching out to you to schedule visits and coordinate efforts with regional marketing areas this fall. Contact Kathy Anderson if you have additional questions on “Operation: Thank You” coordination.

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