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The main focus of our Government Relations activity is economic growth and business climate improvement.

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is the One Voice for Cedar Valley business to work with local, state, and federal governments. Based on input from our investors, we establish a legislative agenda prior to the start of each Iowa legislative session. The Agenda contains specific actions that will improve the Cedar Valley business climate and quality of life, or address specific situations for business. Throughout the year, the Alliance & Chamber tracks and brings to your attention issues that have an impact on your bottom line.

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Cedar Valley Legislative Agenda for Economic Progress

The  Cedar Valley Agenda for Economic Progress reflects the priority issues requiring action by the Iowa Legislature to advance the business and civic interests of the Cedar Valley economic area. An agenda is assembled annually by our Government Relations Committee, local economic development partners, and the staff of the Alliance & Chamber and is presented by our Board of Directors.
2018 Legislative Policy Agenda priorities include:
  • Fill the talent gap to fuel economic growth
  • Create a competitive tax climate that encourages businesses of all sizes to invest in the Cedar Valley and Iowa and that will allow employees and risk-takers to keep more of their own money in their pockets
  • Economic development programs and incentives including tax credits are necessary to win in a globally competitive marketplace for economic development investments
  • High-quality, modern infrastructure is central to economic growth: meaning the Cedar Valley highways and streets, broadband, railroads, water, and sewer require long-term, reliable investment

View the downloadable 2018 Cedar Valley Legislation Agenda for Economic Progress.

2017 Legislative Policy Agenda priorities included:
  • Workforce Recruitment, Retention, and Education
  • Economic Development Program Support
  • Improving Iowa’s Tax Climate
  • Critical  Physical Infrastructure Projects

View the downloadable 2017 Cedar Valley Legislation Agenda for Economic Progress.

Friday Forum

Friday Forums feature monthly updates with Legislators, other elected officials, or Alliance & Chamber staff on current issues during the session. Friday Forums are generally held from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber offices on the TechWorks Campus at 360 Westfield Ave., Suite 2, in Waterloo.

Please confirm event details and RSVP via the Business Events Calendar.

Other Events

  • Gubernatorial and Congressional Candidate Forums
  • Host Legislators at annual Cedar Valley Legislative Reception in Des Moines
  • Pre-Session Legislative Reception, an annual networking format to increase personal interaction with legislators in the Cedar Valley
  • Post-Session Legislative Forum Event with legislators in the Cedar Valley
  • Friday Forum, monthly updates with Legislators during the session

Visit our Events Calendar and go to "Narrow search by" then choose "Legislative" to view our upcoming legislative events.

The Iowa Prosperity Project

The Alliance & Chamber participates in the Iowa Prosperity Project, a non-partisan effort to protect and grow jobs in Iowa.

What is the Iowa Prosperity Project?

The Prosperity Project is built on the belief that when workers are informed and active in government and elections, our families, our communities and our state will benefit. The Prosperity Project provides employers non-partisan materials that explain to employees and associates the importance of state and federal elections.

Research shows employees welcome information from their employers about how public policy and elections affect their job security and their future. Employees responded more positively to political messages from their own employers than from any other source.


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“Our Government Relations is committed to ensuring a favorable economic, legal and regulatory climate for the business community.  Our mission is broadly defined as supporting public policies that will facilitate economic growth and optimize the business climate facing our investors throughout the Cedar Valley.”

- Steve Firman, Director of Government Relations