About the Iowa Business Council
The Iowa Business Council (IBC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose 23 members are the chief decision makers of the state's largest employers. Since its establishment in 1985, the Council has worked to elevate Iowa's economy through global thought leadership, research, and advocacy.
This unparalleled group of CEOs works together to identify opportunities to strengthen the state's workforce and overall economy, inform stakeholders by sharing data and insight, and network and engage to initiate change in the pursuit of prosperity for Iowa and Iowans. Ultimately, the Iowa Business Council's mission is to serve as a catalyst for economic vitality.
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Iowa Business Council members span all 99 counties and provide a significant economic and philanthropic impact throughout the state. In 2019 IBC members:
- employed 163,000+ Iowans;
- had a combined payroll exceeding $7.5 billion;
- spent over $3.2 billion in capital investment;
- spent over $1.5 billion on research and development;
- gave over $76 million in charitable contributions and giving over 240,000 hours of volunteer time; and,
- spent more than $26 million in education and training.