United Way of Central Iowa commends Future Ready Iowa Co-Chairs, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Dan Houston, and the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, for the final policy recommendations released yesterday. 

“The practical recommendations of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance are the right step for Iowa as we work together to increase the skills of central Iowa workers to achieve financial stability,” said Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa. “With a growing middle-skills gap in our state, employers struggle to find qualified candidates for positions that encourage economic growth and provide financial stability for working families.”

To build Iowa’s talent pipeline and reach the goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce attaining a post-secondary or industry-recognized credential, the recommendations of the Future Ready Iowa Alliance provide a clear pathway to move our state forward and become more competitive in the 21st century economy.

United Way of Central Iowa looks forward to partnering to advance these policy recommendations.

Gov. Reynolds and Houston will present the Future Ready Iowa blueprint at the Excellence in Education Summit hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and United Way of Central Iowa on November 8.

About United Way of Central Iowa

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years, United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit www.unitedwaydm.org.

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About The Author: Sarah Welch

Sarah Welch is the Strategic Communications Officer at United Way of Central Iowa.