DES MOINES, IOWA (June 30, 2020) The Iowa Business Council (IBC) released its second-quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2020. The survey's overall economic-outlook index rose to 41.25, increasing 3.75 points from Q1 of 2020 when IBC members' outlook hit its lowest point since 2009. Measuring below 50, this figure continues to demonstrate negative sentiment.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 20, 2020) — The Iowa Business Council (IBC) met on Friday, April 17, in a special board meeting to discuss the economic effects of COVID-19 and Iowa's recovery efforts going forward. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 2, 2020) — Today, the Iowa Business Council (IBC) released its first quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2020. The survey's overall economic outlook index fell to 37.5, one of its lowest points since 2009. This figure demonstrates a significant drop from the fourth-quarter 2019 projection of 60.09.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 6, 2020) — Today, the Iowa Business Council (IBC) released its annual, nonpartisan review of the state’s economic climate. Known as Iowa's Competitive Dashboard, the report measures Iowa's standing in five categories relative to other states.

DES MOINES, IOWA (December 30, 2019) — Today, the Iowa Business Council (IBC) released its final Economic Outlook Survey for 2019. Business leaders expect higher sales headed into 2020 and remain positive overall about Iowa's economic climate.

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 30, 2019) — Iowa Business Council today released its Q3 2019 Economic Outlook Survey — a composite of members-expectations for sales, capital-spending, and employment for the next six months. Confidence weakened among Iowa business leaders, likely due to political and global market-uncertainty and a disruptive regulatory-climate.

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 16, 2019) — As part of the ongoing efforts to urge Congress to pass the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), members of the Iowa Business Council (IBC) sent a letter to Iowa's Congressional Delegation detailing the importance of passing the agreement before the end of the year. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (September 4, 2019) — Members of the Iowa Business Council (IBC) addressed members of Congress at their third-quarter meeting. In addition to advocating for the swift passage of the US-Mexico-Canada trade Agreement (USMCA), they asked elected officials to consider thoughtful reforms to the US legal immigration system that reflect employer needs, market forces, and workforce demands. 

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 1, 2019) — In the Iowa Business Council (IBC) quarterly economic outlook survey, 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 health=care as key job positions they are unable or struggling to fill within the state.