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What Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Means For Iowa

Biden Infrastructure
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Workers toil on a project to replace old water lines under Main Street as part of work to update water and sewer systems as well as prepare the road for the expansion of a street car line in Kansas City, Mo. Wednesday, March 30, 2021. Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another of his top legislative priorities with a long-sought boost to the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could meet GOP resistance to a hefty price tag. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

President Joe Biden unveiled a more than $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package this week. The plan aims to revitalize a whole slew of things, from transportation infrastructure to water systems, broadband and manufacturing, among many other goals.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of engineers from across the state whose work focuses on energy, roads and bridges. They’ll discuss Iowa’s infrastructure needs and how Iowa can benefit from President Biden’s infrastructure plan.

Guests:

  • Jerry Schnoor, environmental engineering, Co-Director, Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, University of Iowa
  • Jim McCalley, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and Jack London Chair in Power Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Jim Nelson, director of the bridges and structures bureau, Iowa DOT
  • Dan McGehee, associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, director, National Advanced Driving Simulator, University of Iowa
  • Shauna Hallmark, director, Institute for Transportation, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa