In today’s global, knowledge-based economy - from a competitive standpoint - states and local communities are increasingly differentiated based on their ability to educate, train and recruit a qualified workforce that meets the needs of industry. Iowa’s labor force participation rate is competitive and the state has a historically low unemployment rate. While these factors are positive for our economy, they also present challenges. To grow our economy, we need an expanding labor pool from which businesses of all sizes can hire. Even as middle and high-skilled jobs grow in Iowa, the availability of a skilled workforce is a major concern for Iowa businesses. Developing and implementing strategies to both up-skill Iowans and attract others into the workforce remains a critical component to economic growth.
The members of the council recognize the importance and urgency around growing a career ready workforce in Iowa. In response to this challenge, the council engages both public and private institutions to develop long-term education and workforce strategies that cultivate a diverse, highly skilled population capable of meeting current and emerging workforce needs. Currently, we are focused on implementing the recommendations of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance.