The Cato Institute recently gave Gov. Kim Reynolds a grade of “A” for fiscal policy as one of the governors who cut taxes and spending the most. Reynolds’ tax reforms date back to 2018, when she cut the corporate tax rate from 12% to 9.8%. She pursued further reforms in the following years, and then, in 2022, approved a bill to consolidate individual income taxes into a single rate structure of only 3.9%. As of press time, existing legislation would phase down the corporate tax from 9.8% to 5.5% if revenue targets were met. “Corporate tax levels directly affect economic activity in states, and those with more competitive structures and rates are in much better positions to grow existing businesses and attract new ones,” said Reynolds.
High-Quality Jobs Program: Offers financial assistance to offset the cost incurred to locate, expand or modernize an Iowa facility.
Renewable Chemical Production Tax Credit: Incentivizes the production of high-value chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks.
Research Activities Tax Credit: Offers an additional tax credit for companies that meet the qualifications of the federal research credit for research and developmentinvestments.
Industrial New Jobs Training: Provides tax credits for businesses that provide additional training to employees and expand their workforce.
Iowa Economic Development Authority
Iowa Area Development Group
Greater Des Moines Partnership
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Announced in May 2022, the Child Care Business Incentive Grant Program encourages employers to offer child-care as a benefit to their employees. It provides a total of $25 million to support childcare programs across the state to include partnerships with existing centers and even development of an on-site childcare center.
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process
Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:
Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns. They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning. Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process. This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented. If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form. The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations.
Limited space available.
10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS
General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.
The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.