Ensuring Iowa competitiveness in the global economy for jobs and business growth, the Iowa Department of Economic Development has empowered a group of Iowa's top business leaders to identify strategic opportunities to spur best practices for long term growth in the state. This new advisory group is known as the Iowa Innovation Council (IIC).
"The Iowa Innovation Council utilizes our state's brightest business minds to ensure we remain competitive in the global business economy," said Governor Chet Culver. "This first meeting marks the beginning of unified efforts between business representatives and government officials to develop methods and policies that will foster innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit."
Moving beyond the parameters of traditional economic development, which often focuses solely on a state's natural attributes, the Iowa Innovation Council will place a renewed emphasis on advancing Iowa's status as a national center of emerging industry. Concentrating on developing an innovation-based economy and working with the state's knowledge-based strengths, such as the community college and university system, the Council will develop strategies to leverage the state's specialized talent pool into available jobs.
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