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Iowa's Business Climate And Why Iowans Like Incumbent Governors

Courtesy of the Iowa Business Council
The Iowa Business Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose 22 members are the chief decision makers, the CEO’s, of Iowa's largest employers.

The nation’s economy continues its slow recovery from the deep economic impact of the pandemic. But how is the business climate here in Iowa?

Recently, the Iowa Business Council (ICB) released its fourth-quarter Economic Outlook Survey. It continues to show a positive feeling among some of the state’s largest businesses. The report also details many areas where Iowa must improve to attract future Iowans and keep people in the Hawkeye State.

The ICB notes that better access to broadband, housing and childcare are some of the issues that are top of mind.

Later on, a discussion with Chris Larimer about governors and how they have leapt to the foreground of public life this past year. Former President Trump largely left it to governors to decide their own strategies for fighting the pandemic.

Larimer observes that Iowa’s governorship has evolved over the decades and that Iowans historically vote for incumbents. However, the pandemic may challenge many of these historic trends.


  • Joe Murphy, executive director, Iowa Business Council
  • Chris Larimer, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River