Connecting with Legislators and Sharing Our Priorities at the 2024 Legislative Launch

Greater Iowa City, Inc. and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance once again joined forces to create top policy priorities for the ICR region for the 2024 legislative session. These priorities will guide our advocacy work and inform conversations with our state and federal elected representatives.

advocating for local businesses in Iowa City Cedar Rapids corridor

We publicly announced our 2024 legislative priorities on Wednesday, December 6 at Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Swisher, IA. The room was filled with 100+ business leaders, 11 state legislators, representatives from the offices of Senator Ernst, Senator Grassley, Representative Hinson, and Representative Miller-Meeks, as well as local elected officials.


Doug Neumann, Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, reflected on the legislative wins of previous years, including the creation of Destination Iowa to help communities with placemaking projects and increasing funding for workforce housing tax credits and brownfield/greyfield redevelopment tax credits.


Nancy Bird, President & CEO of Greater IC, announced our 2024 legislative priorities:

  • Invest in Talent Development & Regain Educational Leader Status
  • Remove Barriers to Employment & Close the Opportunity Gap
  • Enhance Community Attraction & Livability Efforts
  • Welcome Workers from All Populations
  • Incentivize Business Growth & Invest in Business Attraction
  • Embrace Solutions Utilizing Technology & Natural Resources

View the full list of priorities.


This spring, Greater IC will host a series of legislative forums as well as a legislative reception in Des Moines. More information to come on these events.