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

Public Policy Discussion with Business Leaders and Legislators

February 26, 3-4 p.m. | Zoom | Register Now!

The Economic Alliance is partnering once again with the Marion Chamber of Commerce, MEDCO and HEDCO for a discussion with business leaders and area legislators. For this discussion, our business leader panelists will discuss the most pressing workforce issues facing our metro area including child care, the talent pipeline, the Employer Innovation Fund, and more. Area legislators will be on hand to respond and attendees will also have an opportunity to weigh in and/or ask questions. Join us by registering in advance here.

Our panelist for February 26 include Aaron-Marie Thoms, Raining Rose’s VP of People & Culture at Raining Rose, Jim Buie, Involta’s President, Sue Sedrel, Involta’s VP of Human Resources, Aaron Horn, NewBoCo’s Executive Director Kim Becicka, Kirkwood Community College’s VP of Continuing Education & Training Services.

Public Policy Discussion with Business Leaders and Legislators

March 26, 3-4 p.m. | Zoom | Register Now!

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

Iowa's Businesses Need Immigration Reform

May 25, 2021

The following is an op-ed article featured in The Gazette on 4/18/2021. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two l… Read More

Encouraging Civil Debate & Leading By Example

May 25, 2021

Each year the Economic Alliance leadership strategizes plans for the upcoming year. Various aspects come into play as we develop… Read More

President's Trade Agenda Released

May 25, 2021

The Economic Alliance has long supported free and fair-trade agreements to promote Iowa’s economy. Iowa businesses, including ma… Read More

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