Iowa Department of Transportation Director Mark Lowe was in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to meet with national and local leaders about the need for infrastructure improvements. Participants included the President’s National Economic Council, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. Chao told 150 leaders from various fields that President Donald Trump wants to provide incentives for private businesses to finance and manage roads, bridges and tunnels, Reuters reported. In a statement, Lowe said: "The administration is still finalizing details of their infrastructure plan, but it was helpful to hear firsthand the principles they have established and the strategies they are considering, and gratifying to see state and local leaders included in the conversation. There were several themes that I and other transportation leaders found very encouraging, including greater decision-making and control at the state and local level, concerted efforts to eliminate layers of permitting that delay projects and increase their cost, and a commitment to funding strategies that meet the needs of rural states."