WATCHING IOWA: State Leaders Check Business Plan

Fourteen of the nation’s lieutenant governors are in central Iowa for a three day bi-partisan meeting. Much of their discussion surrounds the economy.

Tuesday, the group toured DuPont-Pioneer’s new Beaver Creek facility. Researchers showed them how they extract DNA from corn to learn how to make the plants stronger and more resistant to drought and disease.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts said it is important to observe what a successful company does as it looks to the future. But she said states need to concentrate on what they do best. She said, “Each state should focus on using the resources it already has…rather than trying to copy the success of another state. Build on their own strengths.”

Roberts said Rhode Island doesn’t have the agricultural industry Iowa does, so it’s looking into things like oceanic research.

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