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  • From the Capitol with Steve Firman - March 15, 2022

    From the Capitol with Steve Firman - March 15, 2022

    posted on Friday, March 18, 2022 in Government Affairs

    Friday, March 18th is the second funnel deadline for the Iowa Legislature. All Senate bills must pass out of a House committee and all House bills must pass out of a Senate committee to remain eligible for consideration. Any bills assigned to either chamber's Ways and Means or Appropriations committees are exempt from the deadline.

  • Meet the CVLI Class of 2021-22 Green Team

    Meet the CVLI Class of 2021-22 Green Team

    posted on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in Grow Cedar Valley

    The 2021-2022 Cedar Valley Leadership Institute (CVLI) class is in full swing! Over the next several months the class will be learning about their community. We are excited for this group of talented individuals to grow personally, professionally and increase their knowledge of their community through this eight month course!

  • Iowa Legislative Update: Week Eight

    Iowa Legislative Update: Week Eight

    posted on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 in Government Affairs

    This week, Governor Reynolds signed two bills into law and announced the awardees for the Manufacturing 4.0 Workforce Innovation grants and the Manufacturing 4.0 Technology Investment Program grants.

  • From the Capitol with Steve Firman - Special Update March 1, 2022

    From the Capitol with Steve Firman - Special Update March 1, 2022

    posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 in Government Affairs

    Legislators came to an agreement last Thursday, February 24, on an income tax cut for Iowans. There have been three proposed bills in front of the Legislature since the beginning of the session and final result is HF2317. Both chambers passed the bill and the Governor signed it on Tuesday.

  • Grow Cedar Valley Working to Build the Local Workforce

    Grow Cedar Valley Working to Build the Local Workforce

    posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 in Grow Cedar Valley

    GCV is focusing more than ever on addressing these three areas, and you can expect to see several new initiatives this year, ranging from newcomer events to connect new residents with the clubs, associations, community organizations as they settle into the Cedar Valley as their new home, to public-private partnerships to address several major barriers to employment, including access to affordable childcare and shared transportation van or bus routes to open up employment opportunities for those

  • Helping a Community Reach its Potential

    Helping a Community Reach its Potential

    posted on Monday, February 28, 2022 in Grow Cedar Valley

    We have heard the cry for attracting and retaining workers from every business and industry sector so it is the commitment of Grow Cedar Valley to work collaboratively throughout the Cedar Valley and across the state and region to address barriers that may contribute to the lack of an available, diverse and quality workforce.

  • From the Capitol with Steve Firman - Special Update February 24, 2022

    From the Capitol with Steve Firman - Special Update February 24, 2022

    posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 in Government Affairs

    February 18th was the final date for Senate bills to be passed out of a Senate committee and House bills to be passed out of a House committee. Any bills that did not make it out of committee, excluding Appropriation and Ways and Means bills, are no longer eligible for consideration. This deadline, referred to as the first funnel, prioritizes legislative actions for the remainder of the session. Listen as Grow Cedar Valley Director of Government Affairs, Steve Firman, breaks it all down.

  • Iowa Legislative Update: Week Six

    Iowa Legislative Update: Week Six

    posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Government Affairs

    The Iowa Legislature is two weeks away from its first funnel deadline. February 18 is the final date for bills introduced in the Senate to be passed out of a Senate committee and bills introduced in the House to be passed out of a House Committee. Appropriation and Ways and Means bills are exempt from funnel deadlines.

  • From the Capitol with Steve Firman - February 17, 2022

    From the Capitol with Steve Firman - February 17, 2022

    posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in Government Affairs

    Tomorrow, February 18, marks the end of one of the busiest weeks in the legislative session. Legislators have been racing to get bills of interest past the first legislative "funnel" deadline.

  • Iowa Chamber Alliance 2022 Talent Poll Summary

    Iowa Chamber Alliance 2022 Talent Poll Summary

    posted on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 in Government Affairs

    The Iowa Chamber Alliance released their first annual Talent Poll on January 26th. The poll focuses on what attracts workers to live in Iowa. Dustin Miller, ICA Executive Director, discusses the findings of the poll and how those findings impact ICA's advocacy work in addressing the state's talent scarcity.