Globally Competitive Priorities for Public Policy in 2022

Dec 16, 2021

Economic Alliance and Business Partnership Public Policy Priorities for 2022

After months of input from our members, stakeholders and partners, and in partnership with the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, the Economic Alliance is excited to announce our 2022 public policy priorities.

Our region’s success relies on our ability to compete in the global economy. Now, more than ever, we need to grow, retain and attract a skilled workforce. We must remove the barriers to work, and grow our population by developing solutions in immigration, child care, housing, community placemaking and talent development, while planning for a future with innovative solutions and creating an environment for businesses to thrive.

We support state and federal policies that:

  • Welcome Workers from All Populations
  • Enhance Community Attraction Efforts
  • Regain Status as Educational Leader & Invest in the Future Workforce
  • Close the Opportunity Gap & End Barriers to Employment
  • Embrace Solutions Utilizing Technology and Natural Resources
  • Promote and Incentivize Business Growth
  • Iowa’s success is rooted in a strong urban and rural connection. Our reliance on each other provides mutually beneficial growth, and we need policies that equally value the unique strengths and needs of both.

    Finally, policy makers must find common ground solutions to the challenges our state and nation face. We expect our elected officials to argue their perspective passionately, civilly and respectfully. We also expect solutions that address the challenges our communities face as a part of that debate. It is time to again focus on the common ground issues that will grow Iowa, help us prepare for a more promising future, and bring trust back to America’s political system.

    To learn more, see our comprehensive 2022 state and federal public policy agenda for the ICR region at

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