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Dubuque Chamber moves forward on Southwest Arterial

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DUBUQUE, IA  |  The Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that the organization will contract with a government relations firm, The Nussle Group, to secure additional funding for the Southwest Arterial.  The Southwest Arterial is the number one surface transportation priority of the Chamber as well as the collaborative organizations of the City of Dubuque, the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, and the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Transportation Study.

The Nussle Group is led by President & CEO and former Congressman Jim Nussle.  The Nussle Group is a strategic consulting and government relations company serving a wide range of clients across multiple sectors.  Specializing in public policy, politics, and government and public relations, The Nussle Group offers creative and customized solutions for their clients.  The contract will engage the Nussle group effective May 1, 2009 and focus on efforts that would reallocate "move it or lose it" earmark funding (secured under the congressional leadership of Nussle) from the Julien Dubuque Bridge to the Southwest Arterial.   Services would include legislative drafting, draft talking points, training and preparing officials for legislative trips, drafting official letters/correspondence, drafting technical assistance documentation and appendices, Congressional Member and staff briefings, arranging Congressional visits, monitoring and shepherding activities of subcommittees, committees, floor and conference in regards to Southwest Arterial.

Imperative to our continued growth, the Southwest Arterial would relieve existing and future traffic congestion, improve traffic flow and safety conditions, provide efficient roadway connection between the northern and southern parts of our community and improve local and regional access.  The Southwest Arterial will significantly and positively impact the business and residential community of Dubuque and our surrounding areas.   Construction of the Southwest Arterial would create a 6.1 mile four lane divided highway from Hwy 151/61 to Hwy 20 with a full build cost of $125 million.  A proposed interim build would pave two lanes of the highway; include two intersections, all grading and Right of Way purchase at a cost of $98.3 million.  

"This aggressive approach is both mission and strategically relevant to the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce.  Our members deserve our best effort and The Nussle Group provides us optimum opportunity for success.  The Chamber is the primary advocate for the business community and like so many Dubuque priorities of the past; our organization will again lead the way to a successful outcome.  The Southwest Arterial has been a priority for too long, it must become a reality", stated Molly Grover, President and CEO of the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Nussle Group contract with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce is an innovate approach to meeting the goals and strategic priorities of the Chamber.  Plans will begin immediately with a strategy meeting on May 4th with The Nussle Group and Chamber officials here in Dubuque. 

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