Iowa Business Council Announces Goal of Hiring 2,500 Veterans

The Iowa Business Council, a non-profit, non-partisan organization comprised of  major Iowa employers, today announced their support of Gov. Terry Branstad and  Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Home Base Iowa initiative.  Collectively, members of  the Iowa Business Council have set a goal of hiring 2,500 veterans over the next  5 years.

“Home Base Iowa  represents an opportunity to support our nation’s veterans while simultaneously  bettering Iowa’s workforce,” said Branstad.  “I applaud the Iowa Business  Council and its members for their strong support of this most important  initiative.”


The Home Base  Iowa Initiative was founded to serve as a comprehensive source for job services  available to veterans.  In the coming years, our nation will experience a  great influx of returning military personnel.  These individuals possess  very unique skillsets and will be invaluable to Iowa businesses.


“Governor  Branstad and I have been encouraged by the positive reception Home Base Iowa has  received from both parties in both legislative chambers,” said Reynolds. “The  Iowa Business Council’s decision is yet another indication that we’re making  progress toward making Iowa the destination for veterans.”


Iowa Business  Council member companies touch one in six Iowans and represent all of Iowa’s  major industries – from manufacturing and bioscience to finance and  technology.  Cumulatively, Iowa Business Council members employ nearly  250,000 people in all 99 Iowa counties.


“The Iowa  Business Council is proud to support such a noble cause,” said Larry Zimpleman,  Chairman, President and CEO of Principal Financial Group.  “Our nation’s  veterans have sacrificed so much for the advancement of our country.  It is  without question that we should give back and support these individuals and  their families in every way possible.”