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President Obama holds economic forum in Peosta

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PEOSTA (KWWL) -

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama continued his three-day bus tour through the Midwest with the White House Rural Economic Forum at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta.

In his opening statements, President Obama said America's economic comeback will be driven by communities in places like Iowa, not by politicians in Washington.

But Obama said the economy in agricultural communities isn't as strong as it needs to be. Obama said his administration is ramping up its efforts to make more investments in small businesses in rural areas and improve education in small towns.

According to the White House, the forum will bring together farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations and government officials to discuss ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation in rural communities and small towns across the nation.

The president delivered opening remarks and will also close the forum. He will also participate in two breakout sessions on growing rural small business with Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and on promoting agricultural innovation and renewable energy job with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Closing remarks are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Watch for live coverage throughout the day on KWWL and KWWL.com.

After the forum, President Obama will go on to Davenport where he will spend the night before wrapping up his tour in Illinois on Wednesday.

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