Economic Outlook Survey

In the first quarter of 2019, Iowa Business Council (IBC) members express economic optimism but challenges remain in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. This has been a consistent theme throughout the past year for IBC members, with nearly 70 percent of IBC members citing either engineering, IT or healthcare as key job positions they are unable or struggling to fill within the state.

As part of IBC's continued effort to provide a forum for communities – large and small – to discuss barriers and best practices, it will hold its first of four "Vision to Vitality" forums on April 2 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm at Iowa Valley Continuing Education in Marshalltown. This year, the series will focus on the need to increase and diversify our population and will focus on the theme, "Growing a strong, diverse community.”

IBC members remain optimistic overall about the economy, nearly 80 percent of IBC members anticipate higher sales in the next six months and the majority expect their company's employment to increase.

To review the press release and expanded results from the Iowa Business Council's 2019 first quarter Economic Outlook Survey, click here.  

 

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