The Old Capitol may house a new office for the governor in the heart of the University of Iowa campus.
Gov. Chet Culver plans to work once a month from a new Iowa City office to monitor and advance flood relief in the area, he announced Feb. 6 to a crowd in Coralville.
“He wants to spend more time in the Iowa City area and see for himself some of the ongoing work and also what still needs to be accomplished,” said Phil Roeder, a spokesman for Culver.
Culver expressed desire to house the new office inside the Old Capitol. It would be the first time in a little more than 150 years that a sitting governor worked in the building.
“I think its a terrific idea – it makes sense to have a presence here after the flood,” Iowa City Mayor Regenia Bailey said. “It’s always good to have eyes on the ground and leaders in the area.”
Although the governor is serious about his decision to hold office hours on the UI campus, Roeder said, planning is still just that.
The governor’s office has been working with UI officials to accommodate a new office location. Within the next week or two, they will decide whether the Old Capitol would be feasible, he said.
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