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Government Relations

Iowa’s Employer Unemployment Insurance Tax Tables Continue Improvement in 2015 Tax Tables Move in a Positive Direction, 4th Year in a Row

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa Workforce Development announced today that employers will see approximately $108 million dollars in tax savings by moving from tax table six to table seven.  The last time unemployment insurance taxes were this low was 2002. The average rate will fall from 1.6 percent to 1.2 percent for 2015. “Due to [...]

Three Reinvestment District Projects receive provisional funding approvals

The Iowa Reinvestment District Program is designed to assist communities in developing transformative projects that will improve the quality of life, create and enhance unique opportunities and substantially benefit the community, region and state. The program provides for up to $100 million in new state hotel/motel and sales tax revenues to be “reinvested” within approved [...]

Branstad signs the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act into law

May 27, 2014 – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today was joined by Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham as he signed the Iowa Apprenticeship and Job Training Act into law. “Across Iowa we’re seeing record-breaking economic development projects that have resulted in more Iowans working than ever before [...]

Cedar Valley Investor Report

The Cedar Valley Investor Report gives a snap shot of the activities of the Alliance & Chamber, news from our investors, and informative articles selected for their relevance to economic growth in the Cedar Valley. Cedar Valley Investor Report

Legislative Update

Legislators spent the majority of this week debating bills. Most of the bills were non-controversial, but they do have an impact on Iowa employers. ABI provides an update on this weeks activity here.

Top Leaders Attend Cedar Valley Legislative Event

The Alliance & Chamber Government Relations Committee hosted the 2014 Cedar Valley Legislative Reception on Tuesday, February 11th in Des Moines. The reception offers investors the unique opportunity  to speak with policy makers face to face in a casual environment. In spite of the House being in debate until almost 6:15 pm and other competing [...]

Federal Reserve Ag Expert Gives Ag Outlook, Land Values, and Current Conditions David Oppedahl to Present at Hawkeye’s Money Smart Ag Conference on February 25

Federal Reserve Ag Expert Gives Ag Outlook, Land Values, and Current Conditions David Oppedahl to Present at Hawkeye’s Money Smart Ag Conference on February 25 WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College is hosting Money Smart Ag Conference on Tuesday, February 25, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Farmers and those in the agriculture industry will especially find this [...]

Alliance & Chamber Investors to attend Cedar Valley Legislative Reception

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber will host its annual Cedar Valley Legislative Reception on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM, in the Terrace Ballroom, Renaissance Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St., Des Moines. Investors in the Alliance & Chamber are invited to attend and share the story of the Cedar Valley and discuss [...]

Legislation to Require Taxpayer Notice Introduced

A subcommittee was held on Wednesday, January 22 to discuss HSB 508. HSB 508 requires county assessors to notify taxpayers when the Department of Revenue issues an equalization order. Currently the assessor must publish notice in the newspaper. The Chairman of the subcommittee, Representative Chip Baltimore, stated his support of the bill as a way [...]

DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING FILE BUSINESS PROPERTY TAX CREDITS APPLICATIONS BY JANUARY 15

  Through January 15, 2014, property owners can apply for a property tax credit on industrial, commercial and railroad classed parcels. One credit is available for each qualified property unit. A property unit consists of contiguous parcels of the same classification that are owned by the same person and operated by that person for a [...]