During the Quad Cities Chamber's annual advocacy trip to Des Moines, IA February 10-11, forty area leaders met with legislative leadership, Governor Branstad, and key agency leaders to discuss a number of issues important to our region's economy and growth.
The group advocated specifically for legislation related to education and skilled workforce, the State's Historic Tax Credits program, and infrastructure.
Investments in education were front and center on this year's agenda. From seeking increased funding to fixing the funding formula, our delegation stressed the importance education has in producing a skilled workforce and ensuring economic growth.
Local leaders advocated for a legislative and regulatory fix to the State's Historic Tax Credits program. In addition, the delegation advocated for economic development programs such as TIF and the creation of a bio-chemical tax credit. Finally, local leaders took the opportunity to advocate for continued investment in infrastructure and to ensure top projects such as the I-74 bridge, passenger rail, and widening of I-80 are met and supported by region and beyond.
The Quad Cities Chamber hosts events and capitol visits throughout the legislative session. Through these events and visits, members can stay informed, voice their opinions, and discuss with policymakers issues that are important to their business and the Quad Cities community.