IBC member and Kent Corporation's President & CEO, Gage Kent, has been selected as a 2018 inductee for the Iowa Business Hall of Fame. This well-deserved honor recognizes Kent's outstanding contributions to the development and enhancement of Iowa's business climate.

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The IBC held its third “Vision to Vitality” community forum in Le Mars October 26th at the Wells Enterprises Corporate Office. The free event gave attendees the opportunity to see how Iowa stacks up compared to other states in the IBC’s signature research document, Iowa's Competitive Dashboard, gain insight from Siouxland leaders, learn how the the region is uniting in its efforts to drive economic growth, and discuss potential action items for the community moving forward.

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In partnership with Boone High School, Fareway Stores launched the first registered high school meat cutting apprenticeship in the state, signing its first apprentice to the program on October 24th. This partnership is an example of the innovative ways public and private organizations can work together to prepare Iowans for the future.

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IBC member Hy-Vee was named the 2018 Retailer of the Year by Drug Store News.  This award points to the organization's efforts to innovate and go above and beyond to meet its customers' needs.

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IBC Vice Chair and Vermeer Chair of the Board, Mary Andringa, shared about the important role business plays in investing in the talent pipeline of the future during the Business Record's 90 Ideas in 90 Minutes event. 

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In an op-ed to the Globe Gazette, Bob Ritz, Mercy Health Network CEO, shares how Iowans can work together to addresss the state's workforce challenges. 

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Iowa's economy is at its strongest in 10 years according to the IBC's latest quarterly economic outlook survey. This quarter's index number for capital spending, 70, came in as the highest recorded number for this metric in the past ten years, while the overall index number from the second quarter of this year was the highest overall index number reported in ten years. 

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The Iowa Business Council will hold its third Vision to Vitality community forum in Le Mars, Iowa, on Thursday, October 25, 2018, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Wells Enterprises Corporate Office Auditorium (1 Blue Bunny Drive, Le Mars, Iowa). This forum will be hosted by IBC Member Wells Enterprises, Inc. Please note the date represents a change from what was initially announced.

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The Iowa Business Council held its second “Vision to Vitality” community forum in Muscatine on September 11, 2018 at The Merrill Hotel and Conference Center. The free event gave attendees the opportunity to gain insight from local leaders, learn how the Greater Muscatine area has been working collaboratively to address its community’s challenges, and discuss potential action items for the community moving forward.

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Principal earned the number one spot on Forbes Best Employers for Women list, beating out 299 other companies. This phenomenal recognition is a testament to the company's commitment to equality and its inclusive company culture.

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IBC member and Kent Corporation Chairman & CEO, Gage Kent, represented Iowa at the White House's "Made in America" event on July 23rd. The event was an opportunity for the Muscatine-based company to showcase the products it makes in the U.S.

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IBC member and Fareway CEO, Reynolds Cramer, hosted the council's first Vision to Vitality community forum in Boone on July 17th to gather feedback from local business owners and community leaders on workforce issues and potential IBC priorities.

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IBC Executive Director, Georgia Van Gundy, discusses ideas on how to bring workers back to small towns in Iowa on "Need to Know with Jeff Angelo." She also shares about the IBC's new series of forums titled Vision to Vitality. These forums aim to start or propel community conversations on local economic growth efforts throughout the state.   

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Iowa Business Council members express continued economic optimism in the IBC’s quarterly economic outlook survey released today, with 90 percent of IBC members anticipating higher sales in the next six months. To support this projected sales growth, two thirds of IBC members expect to add to their workforce, and 60 percent project an increase in capital spending. 

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The Iowa Business Council announced a new series of community forums titled “Vision to Vitality.” The Vision to Vitality forums, which will be held quarterly across the state, will feature the IBC’s executive director Georgia Van Gundy and select IBC member CEOs. The Vision to Vitality forum series will launch July 17, 2018, in Boone, Iowa. The event will take place at DMACC Boone Campus Theatre from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

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Vermeer University is an all-encompassing program designed to help retain, promote and educate Vermeer employees. It's a great example of an innovative approach to addressing workforce challenges. 

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Iowa Business Council members are leaders in Iowa and in the U.S.  In fact, seven IBC members were recognized on the 2018 "America's Best Employers" lists released by Forbes.

Congratulations Principal, University of Iowa HealthCare, Hy-Vee, Pella Corporation, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Wells Enterprises, and Meredith Corporation on this exciting recognition.

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Reynolds Cramer, Fareway CEO, shares how his company & IBC members are preparing Iowans for the careers of tomorrow in an op-ed to the Ames Tribune 

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Vermeer Corporation signs its first student for its welding apprenticeship program through the Pella Career Academy, which is to begin this summer. 

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Iowa's largest employers expect continued growth for the 2018 economy, with 80 percent of the Iowa Business Council members anticipating higher sales in the next six months. To support this projected growth, IBC members expect increases in both capital spending and employment. 

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After unanamiously passing through both the House and the Senate, Gov. Reynolds signed the Future Ready Iowa bill during the Future Ready Iowa Summit on April 3rd.

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In its 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, U.S. News and World Report has once again ranked the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine among the nation’s best medical schools. Carver College of Medicine was ranked for both its research and primary care missions—number 21 in primary care and number 32 in research. The research ranking is an improvement from the 2018 ranking of number 35.

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Principal earned spots on both the Working Mother 100 Best Companies and the NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women lists - another great example of an IBC member leading the way.

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The IBC's Economic Outlook Survey shares projected trends for the state's economy, which can then be utilized throughout Iowa for business and economic planning purposes. IBC members participate in this survey quarterly.  Check out the full report for the latest anticipated trends in employment, sales, and capital spending. 

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Infrastructure, health care, and education lead Iowa to the number 1 spot in the Best States Ranking by U.S. News and World Report. 

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Iowa's Competitive Dashboard is the IBC's annual research report that measures how Iowa is competing nationally.  The dashboard provides an overall ranking for five indicators: economic growth; workforce and education; governance; health and wellness; and demographics and diversity. Each indicator consists of five metrics that are averaged to determine Iowa’s overall performance in that category – competitive, average, or poor.

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Mike Wells, President & CEO for Wells Enterprises, recently shared some advice on how Iowa can continue to prosper as a state in an op-ed to the Sioux City Journal.  

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Our Executive Director, Georgia Van Gundy, was live on "In the Know with Jeff Angelo" from WHO Radio to discuss the results from the 2018 Iowa's Competitive Dashboard. Check out the broadcast to find out what this year's results mean for Iowa. (Interview starts at 20:40 in the recording).

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Congratulations to two of our members - Deere & Company and Principal - for being named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. The list of awardees was announced mid-February with 35 companies from 23 countries receiving this recognition. We are extremely excited to have two companies from our council recognized in this way. 

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Our very own Executive Director, Georgia Van Gundy, was interviewed on WHO Radio's weekly show, Focus, regarding our latest Economic Outlook Survey. Check out what she had to say about the survey's results and the members' concerns regarding Iowa's workforce. (Interview starts at 12:35 in the recording).

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Iowa's largest companies report a positive outlook for the 2018 economy.  According to the Economic Outlook Survey, a majority of the Iowa Business Council members anticipate an increase in sales, capital spending, and employment during the first half of 2018. 

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In an effort to grow jobs, strengthen our economy and improve the fiscal health of our state, the Iowa Business Council supports the creation of a simple, transparent, and stable tax structure.  

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In order to sustain and grow business and industry in Iowa, we need workers of all skill levels. So, the Iowa Business Council works to align business and education to create a career ready workforce in Iowa. 

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Iowa Business Council members pledged to hire 30,000 interns, externs, and apprentices by 2025 as part of the council's support of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance. 

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