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

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 Chamber of Commerce 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.

2019 ICR Day at the Capitol Recap
Kolaches and Pancheros burritos fresh from ICR were a hit with lawmakers once again at ICR Day at the Capitol. Each year, we team up with the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and visit with lawmakers at the Iowa State Capitol to advocate for our public policy priorities. Over 25 members from both organizations ascended on the Capitol to deliver a pro-growth message to House and Senate leadership.

Our unified message to lawmakers at this year's event focused on strengthening and growing our workforce through funding for Future Ready Iowa, extending the Secure Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) penny sales tax and funding for the Regents’ universities and community colleges. We also advocated for our municipal partners by urging lawmakers to honor past commitments to “backfill” to cities and counties for losses due to commercial property tax cutbacks and to protect local control over tax increment financing (TIF) as one of the only remaining economic development tools for cities to use in retain, expanding and attracting business.

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.

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