Series of events focused on retirement, energy security and drought recovery

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced a week-long series of events across Iowa for the upcoming August work period focused on retirement security, drought recovery, and energy security.  A list of his public events follows.

Monday, August 6th - Fairfield/Keokuk
12:00 P.M.     Briefing and Tour of Energy Projects
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
200 North Main Street

Senator Harkin will visit the City of Fairfield to tour some of the innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency installations they have pursued.  Mayor Ed Malloy will lead Harkin on the tour of their "Go Green" program, a citywide effort to save energy through conservation measures.  Media interested in attending should join the group at the Arts and Convention Center for this briefing and tour.

3:00 P.M.     Drought Recovery Event
Maple Long Farms
3129 243rd Avenue

Senator Harkin will visit Lee County farmers to see the impacts that the drought is having on Iowa agriculture.  He will take a walking tour of a corn field to explore the impact of the dry weather and then talk to area farmers who have also been impacted.  Harkin is a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Tuesday, August 7th - Fort Madison
10:15 A.M.     Tour Siemens Energy
2597 Highway 61
Fort Madison
**Media is invited to join the Senator outside of the building after the tour.

Harkin will tour this local wind turbine manufacturer to see firsthand how the Production Tax Credit for wind aids our energy security as a country, but also creates jobs locally.

3:30 P.M.     Davenport Industrial Park Rail Spur
601 Blackhawk Trail

Senator Harkin will dedicate a rail spur north of Davenport in Eldridge.  Harkin secured a $3 million grant in the 2005 surface transportation reauthorization bill for this project.  The cities of Davenport and Eldridge expect this project to increase local economic development and create jobs.

Wednesday, August 8th - Des Moines
1:30 P.M.    Des Moines Retirement Security Event
Des Moines Central Public Library Meeting Room
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines

Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a new report examining the retirement crisis in America and laying out a bold proposal to rebuild the private pension system.  The report comes after a series of HELP Committee hearings on retirement security that Harkin has convened over the last two years.   He is hosting a series of events in Iowa intended to start a discussion about the retirement crisis in our country.

Thursday, August 9th - Mason City
3:00 P.M.    Mason City Retirement Security Event
North Iowa Area Community College
500 College Drive
Muse Norris Conference Center, Room 180 B +C
Mason City

Similar to the Des Moines event, this is the second public discussion in the series on retirement security. 

Friday, August 10th - Des Moines/State Fair Day!
9:00 A.M.     Iowa State Fair

Senator Harkin will spend his annual day at the fair, touring the Agriculture Building, visiting the Iowa Pork Producers tent, and taking in the scenes.


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