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Iowa Business Council (IBC) Members are the chief decision makers of major Iowa employers, the presidents of the three Regent universities, and the president/CEO of the state's largest banking association. The Council's representation reaches statewide, touching all 99 counties. Collectively, IBC Members lead companies and institutions that employ nearly 250,000 people, affecting the careers and livelihoods of one in six Iowans. They have invested billions of dollars of capital in Iowa's commercial infrastructure; lead in technology innovation, R&D, and grants procured; and, are often the driving financial and volunteer force behind philanthropic efforts large and small all over the state.
Participation in the Iowa Business Council is by invitation only. This helps ensure the commitment of its Members to the vision and mission, provide geographic and industry diversity, and entertain a range of different business segment perspectives. Members must agree to participate personally and actively in the organization, and be willing to contribute company resources to support council objectives and initiatives. Members may not send representatives to meetings. Membership resides with the individual and not the company or institution; should a Member depart, the successor will be vetted individually should he or she desire to join.
IBC focuses its efforts primarily in areas of advanced technology, continuous process improvement, economic and workforce development, education excellence, and health and wellness.
Each Iowa Business Council Member shall appoint a Deputy. The Deputy generally is a senior level executive who reports directly to the Member internally. This person will provide staff support for the Member and assist the Council staff by providing expertise and assistance where appropriate, serve on committees for studies and projects, and present strategic goals and make recommendations for Members’ consideration.
The Iowa Business Council is non-partisan. Its Chair is the spokesperson for the organization. IBC does not endorse candidates for elected office nor have a political action committee. Once in office, however, the Council will approach and actively engage with the Governor, leadership of the Iowa House and Senate, and State agency heads regardless of their political affiliation. As an organization, the Iowa Business Council does not often formally lobby policymakers directly regarding proposed legislation, and rarely advocates for any specific solutions or recommendations - though there have been exceptions.