Public Policy

The Economic Alliance advocates for economic growth policies on the local, state and federal levels that support our efforts to address workforce challenges, support businesses of all sizes and types and promote robust and welcoming communities.

The Economic Alliance collaborates with our members and other stakeholders and partners, including local and regional municipalities and entities to develop our policy agendas. We align and partner with other statewide and national like-minded groups to provide a unified voice to advocate for economic growth policies key to our members and the region.

The Economic Alliance is a non-partisan organization that does not endorse or donate to political candidates. We support First Amendment rights for all people and encourage elected officials, candidates and citizens to be civil in discussions and debates on policy issues and political opinions. We are committed to leading by example.

Advocacy Events

Regional Legislative Launch

The Regional Legislative Launch is a special event by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Business Partnership as we unveil our joint 2020 state and federal public policy agendas. This is the second year in a row the two organizations will advocate as one region with state and federal policy makers. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with policy makers that represent cities and counties in ICR IOWA before new sessions begin in January.

Policy on the Rocks

Policy on the Rocks logoThis casual event gives lawmakers and members the opportunity to network and discuss important issues in a relaxed environment. Held at a member restaurant or bar, this event has been a very successful addition to our Public Policy events calendar since 2014.

Check the Events Calendar to register for upcoming Policy on the Rocks!

ICR Day at the Capitol

The Economic Alliance joins forces with the Iowa City Area Business Partnership for our annual Iowa City Cedar Rapids Day.

We invite our members to join us for an opportunity to advocate for Iowa City Cedar Rapids public policy priorities. In addition to delivering kolaches (a much anticipated tradition), our members will have the opportunity to attend and observe meetings with legislators on this day.

Check out our Events Calendar to see all upcoming public policy events.

Watch for other public policy events and news via our Public Policy Update, sent weekly during Iowa legislative session.

Elected Officials

A list of federal and state government/elected officials is available here. This provides you with information regarding Iowa’s policy makers. The Economic Alliance encourages members to advocate for issues related to the annual policy agenda as well as issues that effect our community.

Public Policy News

Governor Reynolds Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions

Economic Alliance | May 13, 2020

Governor Reynolds announced today easing more restrictions for Iowa businesses, including Linn, Benton, Iowa, Johnson and Washin… Read More

​Next Phase of Federal Financial Aid Package

May 13, 2020

House Democrats and Senate Republicans continue to separately hash out details on their versions of the next federal stimulus le… Read More

Additional Financial Relief Options for Businesses: Main Street Lending Program and Employee Retention Tax Credit

Economic Alliance | May 12, 2020

Businesses are still able to take advantage of other federal financial relief option if they did not apply or qualify for a PPP.… Read More

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