Lowrance looks to attract business

Jim Lowrance says he wants to make sure Marshalltown is a magnet for both business and future generations.

The mayoral candidate said Marshalltown is a great place to work and live in, but he wants to propel the city forward.

“I’d like to be a part of making sure we have an environment that continues to be attractive to businesses and to young people especially that want a place to settle down,” Lowrance said.

There are many opportunities and challenges the city will face within the next couple of years, he said.

“We obviously have economic opportunities with the Alliant Energy project and Fisher’s announcement,” Lowrance said. “That is going to give us some momentum as far as attracting other business expansion opportunities.”

Lowrance said he wants to maintain Marshalltown’s welcoming environment, part of that will mean upgrading police and fire department buildings and continued road improvement.

“The other thing we face as a community is figuring out how to adjust to the changes in commercial tax assessments,” Lowrance said. “The rollback of those were enacted by the legislature and could effect the city’s revenue stream. So we may face some tough decisions head on in how we adjust to those.”

Lowrance sad he has lived in Marshalltown since 1979, coming from a small town in Missouri. He has been married for 42 years, has two children and five granddaughters.

Since 2010 Lowrance has been the group president of Great Western Bank on Main Street. He previously worked at Wells Fargo and Brenton Bank.

Lowrance said he’s deeply involved in civic and community organizations. He serves on the board of the Martha Ellen Tye Foundation, Iowa River Hospice, Fisher Community Center, Frank Pierce Trust and is a member of the Rotary Club of Marshalltown.

“I think the mayor’s role and council’s role is to work with the city staff to find solutions to problems and opportunities that are most acceptable to area residents and community residents,” Lowrance said. “It should be interesting.”