Policy Issues - Iowa Chamber Alliance

Policy Issues

The Iowa Chamber Alliance (ICA or “The Alliance”) is a non-partisan coalition that advocates for economic growth policies and initiatives by representing leading Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations across Iowa. The mission of the ICA is to drive a policy agenda that grows the state on behalf of our more than 17,000 members that range from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. This effort includes developing a policy structure that encourages communities to build attractive places in which employers invest and employees thrive, showcasing local strengths that drive the state’s collective growth.


Our approach leverages the authentic assets of each community to intentionally develop an attractive place to live and work. Most notably, Iowa consistently ranks highly in the area of “Opportunity” according the US News and World Report annual ranking of “Best States,” including when we were identified as the “#1 Best State” in 2018. “Opportunity” combines affordability, economic opportunity, and equality. Each of our communities have different assets to build upon; ICA encourages the Legislature to take advantage of existing value available statewide through work in four main areas:

TALENT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

BUSINESS CLIMATE

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Alliance respectfully presents this agenda to the Governor, Legislature and to all Iowans for consideration in the 2020 legislative session. As various policy proposals are developed and debated, the shared goal ought to involve growing Iowa’s economy in an inclusive and beneficial way with specific support for:

  • Fully funding the Future Ready Iowa Initiative;
  • Addressing barriers to employment such as student debt repayment or access to child-care;
  • Consideration of funding tools for quality of life projects;
  • Supporting education at all levels from pre-school through post-high school options;
  • Growing the economy through capital investment;
  • Developing and supporting incentives with proven return in targeted industries;
  • Supporting the Empower Rural Iowa Initiative; and
  • Planning for long-term infrastructure investment.

 

 

2020 ICA State Policy Agenda

 

 

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