Dordt College News

Grassley Ambassadors Tour will visit Dordt College

July 31, 2003

Ambassadors and diplomats from over 60 foreign countries will be noon lunch guests of Dordt College on Wednesday, Aug. 13, as part of Senator Charles Grassley’s Ninth Biennial Ambassadors Tour.

The luncheon will be held in the Dordt College Campus Center on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 12:15-1:45. It is estimated that over 100 representatives from foreign countries and Senator Grassley’s Office will attend.

Other stops on Wednesday’s itinerary include a tour of the Foreign Candy Company in Hull at 9:30 a.m.; a tour of TransOva Genetics in Sioux Center at 11 a.m.; a walking tour of Orange City at 2 p.m.; a tour of the World Visitor Center at Le Mars at 4:15 p.m.; and a dinner at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City at 6:30 p.m.

The goals of Senator Grassley’s tour include showcasing Iowa’s rich resources; facilitating greater economic collaboration between Iowa and other countries; and exposing our state to the diversity of the world community.

“The Ambassors Tour gives us a chance to show off the many treasures we have in our state,” Grassley said. “Our guests have the opportunity to get to know Iowa’s people, land and businesses so they can share with the world the good things Iowa has to offer.”

The weeklong tour will travel through the communities of Urbandale, Ankeny, Mason City, Forest City, Algona, Lakota, Spirit Lake, Arnolds Park, Hull, Sioux Center, Orange City, Le Mars, Sioux City, Aurelia, Storm Lake, Dayton, Ames and Des Moines. During the week, the diplomats will stay in the homes of Iowans at the overnight stops in Mason City, the Iowa Great Lakes and Sioux City. Tour events are completely funded by private, individual and corporate sponsors. Grassley also works with the Iowa Department of Economic Development to maximize the benefits of the trade tour of Iowa.

“Our friends see first-hand the generosity of hundreds of Iowans. They’re immersed in Iowa values and friendship,” said Grassley. The first tour was held in 1986, during the 1980s farm crisis. Fostering good relations with new and existing trading partners is part of Grassley’s work as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees trade issues.

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