Growing a Strong Workforce Foundation: Public Policy Preparations for 2022
Nov 23, 2021
As many of our members know, the Economic Alliance has been working over the summer and through the fall to gather information, seek feedback and develop our public policy priorities for 2022. That process is nearing completion and will be shared with Economic Alliance members and policy makers before the year’s end.
The focus of our priorities will center around growing our workforce population. With that as our foundation, we develop and support policies that back our priorities and help us achieve success. One of the most important pieces in our advocacy strategy includes you – our members.
One of those ways is to arrange opportunities for you to speak directly with policy makers and talk to them about the issues that matter most to our community. In November you’ll begin seeing our 2022 public policy priorities that are based on feedback from our members. On December 13 the Economic Alliance will be hosting our annual “Regional Legislative Launch” with our partners at the Iowa City Area Business Partnership to highlight our state and federal public policy priorities for our state and federal lawmakers. We want to see a strong showing for this Legislative Launch and give you an opportunity to talk directly to policy makers before they return to Des Moines and Washington, D.C. in January. We plan to provide you a sneak peek at the policy priorities and your very own talking points to use. Please register at www.cedarrapids.org/calendar.
During the legislative session, which typically runs from January to May, the Economic Alliance plans to host two Policy on the Rocks legislative receptions (watch for dates and locations to come) giving our members once again another chance to advocate and have discussions with legislators in a casual setting. Depending on Covid-related protocols at the State Capitol in 2022, we also are planning our annual ICR Day at the Capitol with our Iowa City partners. Sign up for “Public Policy Updates” on our website so you can stay informed throughout the session and learn about other ways you can help our advocacy efforts
As 2021 comes to an end, it gives us an opportunity reflect on our public policy successes in the past year and evaluate what we want to work on in 2022. Significant successes from the last session included broadband expansion funding, Paycheck Protection Program legislation that conformed with federal tax law, disaster recovery legislation, child care reform and Future Ready Iowa funding. We also saw success with housing development funding and the development of a new program called Manufacturing 4.0 intended to incentivize small and medium-sized manufacturers to innovate for the future.
In the public policy arena, the work never ends. We’re ready for 2022 to advocate for policies that remove barriers to work, and grow our population by developing solutions in immigration, child care, housing, community placemaking and talent development, while planning for the future with innovative solutions and an environment for businesses to thrive.