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These are changing times for the Clinton, Iowa, business community. One of those changes came on Thursday, March 31, when members of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce and Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) approved a long-awaited merger. The newly formed regional advocacy group is called Grow Clinton. Soon after, the “interim” part of Andy Sokolovich’s title was removed and he became the new group’s first president and CEO. “I have been preparing for this role for a decade. Since arriving in Clinton in 2012, I have felt welcomed and supported,” Mr. Sokolovich said about his new role. “I have developed lifelong friendships and continue to build connections with leaders at the municipal, state and federal levels. I feel that my ability to engage and foster the growth of relationships will enhance the opportunities available to Clinton and the surrounding communities.” The Grow Clinton leader oversees tourism, economic development and community development operations for the new entity. The QCBJ recently asked Mr. Sokolovich to share his thoughts on several questions about the economic challenges and other issues facing the Clinton area: