Events highlighting Harkin’s investment in Iowa: Clinton, Keokuk, Burlington, Jewell, Mason City, and Davenport
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced several events in Iowa this week designed to complement a legacy tour announced earlier this summer. A full list of his public events follows.
Wednesday, August 13 — Clinton
9:30 A.M. Clinton Community Health Center Event
The Canticle, Sisters of St. Francis
843 13th Avenue North
Clinton, IA 52732
Senator Harkin will meet with members of the health care community as well as local officials and supporters to encourage their ongoing commitment to the future success of the clinic. Over the years, Harkin has worked to secure $3.2 million to build the Clinton Community Health Clinic.
3:00 P.M. Burlington Community Health Center
1706 W. Agency Road
West Burlington, IA 52655
Senator Harkin secured $1,825,000 to construct Burlington’s Medical and Dental Clinics. These clinics are housed on the grounds of Southeastern Community College, which provides hands-on training for nursing and health aide students studying at the college. The Burlington Community Health Center provides services to a five county area (Iowa-Des Moines, Lee, Henry, Louisa and Illinois-Hancock).
Thursday, August 14 — Keokuk and Burlington
9:15 A.M. Tour of Lock and Dam No. 19
525 N. Water Street
Keokuk, IA 52632
Senator Harkin will meet with local officials and Colonel Mark J. Deschenes, Commander and District Engineer of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District at the Army Corps Lock and Dam 19 to discuss how federal funding has helped improve the Lock and Dam system along the Mississippi River. From 2004 to 2007, as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Harkin helped to secure more than $23 million for rehabilitation and maintenance of projects at Lock and Dam 19.
11:30 A.M. Iowa Army Ammunition Plant Picnic
200 Front Street
Burlington, IA 52601
Senator Harkin will attend the annual Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAP) Picnic in Burlington to meet with local officials and current and former IAAP workers. In 1997, Harkin received a letter from Bob Anderson, a constituent in Iowa who wrote about how he and many of his former co-workers at the IAAP had become ill with various types of cancer after working at the plant. Although the U.S. Army initially denied these accusations, Harkin continued to investigate the situation and discovered that Department of Energy workers were in fact exposed to massive doses of radiation at the Burlington plant from 1948-1974. The primitive safety measures in place at the time meant that these workers were exposed to unmonitored and excessive levels of radiation and other chemicals that led many to develop various types of cancer and other illnesses. Harkin has continued to work to get compensation to Bob Anderson and thousands of other sick workers across the United States, including the passage of the bipartisan Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Plan Act of 2000. To date, the U.S. Department of Labor has paid out almost $300 million in compensation to workers and survivors in Iowa, including both the Burlington workers and former workers at the Ames Laboratory.
Friday, August 15 — Jewell and Mason City
1:00 P.M. Hamilton County Main Street Investments Tour
632 Main Street
Jewell, IA 50130
Senator Harkin will tour a portion of Main Street in Jewell to see firsthand the impact that Harkin Main Street Grants have had on the community. Since 2004, Hamilton County has received four Harkin Main Street Grants totaling $240,000 for restoration of historic areas in the downtown district. These Grants have leveraged over $650,000 in private funds for the projects. On the tour, Harkin will see projects completed as a result of these funds, including the Shorthorn Building that was reconstructed in 2007 as well as three residential and commercial properties that have been completely renovated after long-term vacancies.
3:45 P.M. Mason City Water Treatment Plant Tour
Senator Harkin will tour the Mason City Water Treatment plant to learn about how investments for the facility have helped to protect the public health and provide access to clean water for Mason City residents. From fiscal years 2003 to 2004, Harkin worked to secure $4.9 million to help the treatment facility construct the world’s third largest electrodialysis reversal technology system to remove increased levels of radium from the local water. Over the years, Harkin has worked to maintain federal assistance for the water treatment plant, including $492,000 in 2008 to expand the facility’s operating capacity and $220,000 for self-chlorination services following Hurricane Katrina.
Sunday, August 17 — Davenport
1:15 P.M. Quad City River Bandits’ “Tom Harkin Day” Game
Modern Woodmen Park
209 S. Gaines Street
Davenport, IA 52802
Senator Harkin will throw out the first pitch at the Quad City River Bandits’ game as part of “Tom Harkin Day” at the Modern Woodmen Ballpark. The Bandits, along with the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will host the event to honor Harkin’s years of dedicated service to the region through securing federal funding for local projects and investing in programs that benefit all generations of the community. Spectators will receive a Tom Harkin bobblehead and the Bandits will present Harkin with an honorary jersey for his work to support the Quad Cities region.