Economic Development

As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must build an Iowa economy that offers good jobs at fair wages, a level playing field, and a strong climate for growth to everyone.

Our small businesses – and small business owners – are the heart of our communities, from Main Street businesses, tech start-ups/incubators and fourth-generation family farms. There are 270,484 small businesses in Iowa which employ 48% of our workforce. We need leadership in Washington that will respect the role that small businesses play in Iowa’s overall employment, diversity and trade.1

We need to keep reinvesting in our communities and not leave our small businesses behind. Let’s make it easier to start a business, grow it and encourage that entrepreneurial spirit. 

Businesses need tools to reach markets and that means a good partnership with government to provide solid infrastructure like good roads, bridges, and river ports.  It also means improving broadband access throughout the state, so an Iowan can start a successful business just as easily in Waukon or Cresco as Cedar Rapids or Waterloo. It means investing in technical education, job training, and apprenticeships so we prepare workers with the skills they need to fill jobs in growth industries. And it means ensuring businesses of any size have access to the capital they need to grow, while ensuring the biggest corporations don’t unfairly use their market share to crowd out competition and stifle innovation.

In Congress, I will work to:

  • Ensure that the historic infrastructure investments recently signed into law mean better roads and highways, new bridges, strong rural broadband access, and thousands of new construction jobs right here in Iowa.
  • Level the playing field for Iowa small businesses so they can compete fairly with big corporations and allow the best and most innovative ideas to win.
  • Expand access to the capital that small businesses need to grow.
  • Ensure workers and businesses alike are not held back by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from securing needed certifications or growing their operations. 
  • Enhance career and technical education opportunities, job training programs, and work apprenticeships so that employers have access to the skilled workforce they need to thrive in the 21st century.
  • Support strong unions that protect worker pay, working conditions, and earned benefits while strengthening families.
  • Invest in public education, childcare, and affordable housing so that hardworking Iowans can afford to live, work, and prosper in this state.
  • Expand access to paid family leave so that Iowans have the flexibility to take care of children or sick parents and keep their job.

1 “2019 Small Business Profile”, U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy