The Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa presented the “In the Public Interest” Award on Wednesday, February 15 at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. This distinction is given to an individual, a local government, or an intergovernmental project that demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to the public interest.

This year’s honorees are Jim Sanders, City of Johnston Administrator, and Jonathan Lund, City of Des Moines Fire Marshal, for their work on the Central Iowa Code Consortium project, an intergovernmental initiative that simplifies the process of complying with building codes throughout the metro area. The Central Iowa Code Consortium is an outgrowth of our Governance Capital.

According to Bob O’Hollearn, Chair of the Taxpayers Association of Central Iowa Board of Directors, “These gentlemen, and many others who worked with them, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and initiative, stretching far above and beyond their local job responsibilities for the good of the region.  They have notched up the area’s competitiveness as a place to do business, while saving local governments in time and resources devoted to keeping building codes up to date.”