Advocacy Work Gears Up for the Year Ahead

Aug 19, 2021

Now is the time of year when our public policy team begins building the Economic Alliance’s federal and state advocacy agenda for 2022. Our staff holds numerous meetings with members and stakeholders throughout the year that help us develop our public policy priorities and set the focus of our work.

In addition to member direction, reviewing our guiding public policy principles, gathering the list of unfinished work from the previous year, and feedback from our Innovation Councils, Policy Board and other governance committees, we also work in sync with our regional partners and the Iowa City Area Business Partnership to develop a regional cohesive state and federal public policy priorities.

That process sets in motion our collaboration with like-minded, statewide advocacy organizations like the Professional Developers of Iowa (PDI), the Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI) and Iowa Chamber Alliance (ICA), our most closely aligned ally within the advocacy world.

The ICA, a non-partisan coalition of the largest Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations throughout Iowa, provides the Economic Alliance strength through numbers. Each year the group puts forth an agenda as we work together to advocate for policies and programs that stimulate economic growth opportunities for the entire state and its residents.

As our advocacy strategy for 2022 begins to take shape, we know it is our members’ input and influence that provides our most significant contribution. It is your stories, needs and ideas that are needed to continue the work for aggressive, forward-thinking state and federal policies that make Iowa stronger.

Do you have ideas or changes you want to see in 2022? Consider these questions:

What should the ICR business community be promoting to federal and state lawmakers?

Do you have ideas that will improve Iowa’s business environment?

What should policy makers be doing to build and strengthen Iowa’s workforce?

How can we enhance our communities and make them more attractive to retain and recruit employees?

If you have ideas or suggestions on these questions or additional comments, contact the Economic Alliance’s Public Policy Strategist, Barbra Solberg at

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