U.S. Highway 30 is the longest road in the State of Iowa, running a distance of 331 miles from the Mississippi to Missouri River. The U.S. 30 corridor spans 12 counties and 39 cities. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, over 513,000 people live in the 12 counties along the U.S. 30 corridor; representing nearly 20% of the population of the State of Iowa. The population of these 12 counties increased over 7% from 1990 to 2000 and this growth trend is continuing.

The U.S. Highway 30 Coalition is a group of concerned citizens, local, regional and state officials, economic development organizations, freight shippers and transportation stakeholders that are devoted to the future improvement of U.S. Highway 30. Improvements and four-laning U.S. 30 will make for safer and more efficient travel across Iowa; while creating increased economic activity statewide.

The next meeting of the U.S. Highway 30 Coalition will be on Friday, March 26 at the Tama County Economic Development Office, 1007 Prospect Drive in Tama. If you have questions about the U.S. Highway 30 Coalition, please feel free to contact me anytime at Region XII Council of Governments at 712-792-9914.