Last week, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce issued its 2019 public policy platform.
Now, the chamber says it’s focused on legislation that advances a competitive business climate, investment in infrastructure, support for economic growth, and investment in education and workforce.
They tell Local 4 News they’re trying to work with legislators in both Illinois and Iowa, as well as at the federal level.
Specifically, the chamber says, in both states, they’re asking legislators to maintain state-specific economic development tools such as tax credits that they say can help states remain competitive and increase spending for workforce development.
In Illinois, that means a capital infrastructure bill to build upon projects, including funding phase III of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities and the I-74/John Deere Rd. interchange.
The QC Chamber also says workforce development is a top issue for their membership.
In Iowa, one of their priorities is to fully fund Future Ready Iowa to help develop the workforce members need, as well as increasing funding for K-12 and higher education.
The QC Chamber says it develops its policy platform by talking to and surveying business members. They tell Local 4 they pay attention to what’s happening at the state level and how it can affect change.
The QC Chamber also says it encourages people to get involved, saying that the more that are, the more effective the community can be in advancing legislation.
Anyone who would like to learn more can visit QuadCitiesChamber.com.