The Iowa Business Council (IBC) recently announced a partnership with the Home Base Iowa initiative to recruit veterans and active duty service members for private sector job opportunities in Iowa.

Support from the non-profit, non-partisan IBC organization will play an integral role in the success of Home Base Iowa. Over the next five years, the U.S. Armed Services will downsize by approximately 350,000 troops.

This downsizing will mean thousands of skilled, qualified veterans entering the workforce in Iowa and across the nation. Home Base Iowa is working to bridge Iowa’s skills gap by linking these military men and women with high quality civilian careers in Iowa – a goal that benefits both veterans and Iowa’s economy.

Through its partnership with Home Base Iowa, the Iowa Business Council is working to recruit the nation’s best and brightest veterans to locate in our great state and contribute to our state’s businesses and economy. The Iowa Business Council has set a five-year goal to hire 2,500 veterans – a number that would create an immediate and lasting impact in the veteran community.  

In order to accomplish this, Home Base Iowa will provide veterans with resources that can open doors to job opportunities, welcoming communities, and on-going engagement with the military.  The effort provides veterans with the opportunity to visit Iowa at no cost to the veteran or his or her family. The Home Base Iowa recruitment team will work with veterans to arrange all aspects of a trip to Iowa including a hotel room, rental car, job interviews, and community visits.

These trips provide veterans with an invaluable chance to learn about the opportunities that exist in Iowa – helping to transition the project’s mission from the realm of the hypothetical to reality.  

As veterans and co-chairs of the Home Base Iowa initiative, we are very appreciative to have the support of the IBC, which shares our belief that Iowa is the best place for servicemen and women to live and work after completing active duty.

The business leaders who comprise the IBC represent leading Iowa companies that employ individuals in all 99 Iowa counties, totaling nearly 250,000 employees. Businesses represented in the IBC epitomize the broad range of industries in which Home Base Iowa veterans will have an opportunity to apply their skill sets. 

As leaders in the Iowa economy, these establishments will serve as role models to the rest of the state as to how we can grow Iowa’s workforce. By recruiting veterans, these businesses will be employing skilled, professional leaders with sound work ethics, integrity, and dependability.      

We encourage all Iowa businesses to join the Home Base Iowa initiative. Veterans recruited by the program will bring Iowa’s businesses skill sets not found in the traditional workforce. These dedicated individuals understand the idea of teamwork and mission before self – a concept valuable to Iowa employers from every sector.  

- Robert J. Myers is the Home Base Iowa Foundation Co-Chair President & CEO of Casey's General Store Inc.  
- Congressman Leonard Boswell is a Home Base Iowa Foundation Co-Chair