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Advocacy

OUR VOICE. YOUR BUSINESS.

The Business Partnership advocates for economic growth policies on the local, state and federal levels. We collaborate with the business community and local stakeholders, as well as regional partners to develop our yearly policy agendas, to create a consistent voice for the region. 

We are 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.  

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Banta, VP of Community Engagement & Advocacy: jennifer@iowacityarea.com 

Sign up for our monthly POLICY UPDATE eNewsletter to stay up-to-date on the Business Partnership’s advocacy activities.

2022 CANDIDATE FORUMS

The Business Partnership and the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance join forces again to bring you regional Candidate Forums.

Click below to learn more about the Candidates’ forum dates and location.

CONGRESSIONAL FORUMS

Watch our YouTube Channel for the latest forums with our congressional leaders.

GOVERNOR APPOINTS BANTA

On March 10, Governor Reynolds signed Executive Order 8 launching a new Child Care Task Force to develop a comprehensive strategy to address the child care shortage and barrier to work in Iowa. 
 
We are so proud to announce that Jennifer Banta, our VP of Advocacy & Community Engagement, has been named to this task force!
 
 

CANDIDATE GUIDES FOR THE 2022 PRIMARY ELECTION

Election season is coming! The Primary Election for federal, state, and county elections will be this summer on Tuesday, June 7, 2022

The Primary Election is an election in which each political party will vote on and determine their party’s nominee for the General Election ballot in November. See below to view our Candidate Guides for June’s Primary Election.

POLICY PRIORITIES

LOCAL POLICY AGENDA

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2021 VOTE

Vote 2021 Election Results

ADVOCACY IN 2020

The Capitol may have been closed to the public, but the business of government didn’t stop.

Partnership staff and committees continued to work with our congressional delegation to advance COVID-19 relief for businesses; educated voters on local, state, and federal candidates in the general and Coralville special elections; and informed our members on the legislation most impactful to businesses.





CORALVILLE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL ELECTION

Public Policy Priorities

2023 LEGISLATIVE FORUMS

The Business Partnership invites you to participate in a series of three legislative forums with our elected officials during the 2023 legislative session. During this forum series we will be discussing issues that have an impact on our local business community, regional workforce, and our community. 

MENTAL WELLBEING

January 20th  |  2pm
at the Guidelink Center in Iowa City

Register to attend.

IMMIGRATION

February 17th  |  2pm
at the Kirkwood Regional Center in Coralville

Register to attend.

PLACEMAKING & NATURAL RESOURCES

March 24th  |  2pm
at the Water Treatment Plant in North Liberty

Register to attend.

Contact Your Legislators

Governor Kim Reynolds
1007 East Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-5211
Contact Governor Reynolds

Senator Joe Bolkcom
728 Second Ave., Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: (319) 337-6280
Email: joe.bolkcom@legis.state.ia.us

Senator Kevin Kinney
4321 Calkins Ave. SW, Oxford, IA 52322
Phone: (319) 631-4667
Email: kevin.kinney@legis.state.ia.us

Senator Zach Wahls, Minority Leader
201 E 9th Street, #415, Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 318-2094
Email: zach.wahls@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Dave Jacoby
2308 Northridge Drive, Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 358-8538
Email: david.jacoby@legis.state.ia.us

Representative Bobby Kaufmann
1527 330th Street, Wilton, IA 52778
Email: bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Christina Bohannan
1725 Windsor Court, Iowa City, IA 52245
Phone: (319) 321-5823
Email: christina.bohannan@legis.iowa.gov

Representative Mary Mascher
Phone: (319) 351-2826
Email: mary.mascher@legis.state.ia.us

Representative Amy Nielsen
168 Lockmoor Cr, North Liberty, IA 52317
Email: amy.nielsen@legis.iowa.gov

The General Assembly website is available to help you determine the Legislators who represent you. You can also track a bill or listen to a floor debate.  Legislators welcome and appreciate input from constituents about issues that impact you, your business and our community. Contact a Legislator today!

If you are interested in the Iowa City Area Business Partnership Policy Issues, please contact Jennifer Banta, Vice President, Advocacy & Community Development: (319) 337-9637 or jennifer@iowacityarea.com

Legislative Forums: The Business Partnership regularly hosts forums with our local legislators to answer your questions and keep you informed. From details on small business loans to updates on different resources for your business and employees, these forums are great opportunities for anyone looking to stay up to date! The Business Partnership is here for you, and this is just one of many ways we can help our members gain valuable help and information during this time.

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