IS IOWA DOING ALL IT CAN TO KEEP PACE?

“I still believe Iowa can be better. Public service doesn’t mean just making sure meetings adjourn on time or getting buses to run on schedule. We can do more than keep things the same as usual.”

-Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett

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ABOUT RON

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“Beyond Promises” is a memoir of sorts by Ron Corbett, who became the youngest speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives and who now is finishing up his eighth year as mayor of Iowa’s second largest city, Cedar Rapids. In the late 1990s, Corbett was considered a possible Republican candidate for Congress or governor. Then he surprised many and resigned from the Legislature so he wouldn’t have to spend so much time away from home and his growing family. He headed the local Chamber of Commerce for six years, a period in which he led a community campaign to rebuild schools, another to redevelop the Cedar Rapids riverfront and a third that brought professional management to Cedar Rapids city government. Corbett’s tenure as Cedar Rapids mayor coincided with the city’s recovery from a devastating flood in 2008, the costliest natural disaster in Iowa history. Can someone who was a leading Republican voice in much of Iowa reclaim statewide prominence and be elected governor? In 2017, that’s the elephant in the room—the unstated question lingering in the backdrop of “Beyond Promises.” This book is Corbett’s first-person account of where he came from and what shaped him, as well as a chronicle of doing, not simply promising.

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  1. Prologue 2:52
  2. Chapter 1 11:33
  3. Chapter 2 8:00
  4. Chapter 3 10:34
  5. Chapter 4 7:57
  6. Chapter 5 9:43
  7. Chapter 6 8:00
  8. Chapter 7 10:17
  9. Chapter 8 7:36
  10. Chapter 9 8:26
  11. Chapter 10 10:21
  12. Chapter 11 6:50
  13. Chapter 12 11:20
  14. Chapter 13 10:37
  15. Chapter 14 11:47
  16. Chapter 15 11:30
  17. Chapter 16 11:50
  18. Chapter 17 9:37
  19. Chapter 18 11:36
  20. Chapter 19 10:59
  21. Chapter 20 14:45
  22. Chapter 21 15:10
  23. Chapter 22 13:59
  24. Chapter 23 13:47
  25. Chapter 24 7:30
  26. Chapter 25 16:38
  27. Chapter 26 13:23
  28. Chapter 27 10:56
  29. Chapter 28 13:56
  30. Chapter 29 14:57
  31. Chapter 30 12:42
  32. Opening and Closing Tag 0:09

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