Alliance for Iowa State
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Iowa State University is the undisputed leader in the bioeconomy. As this area continues to be a major driver in the state's economy, Iowa State is in prime position to expand and build partnerships with the state to grow the biofuels and biobased products industries and create new economic opportunities for the people of Iowa.


This legislative session, Iowa State is pursuing $5 million to continue the Bioeconomy Initiative started by the General Assembly in 2013.  The initiative will focus on four primary areas: 

  • Provide technical support to companies. To maintain the competitiveness of Iowa's bioeconomy, Iowa companies need to be able to optimize their operations and continuously incorporate technological advances.
  • Attract external funding. An important element of leveraging Iowa's investment in the bioeconomy is attracting external funds to the state. The combination of agricultural resource base and institutions with expertise in biobased technologies is a powerful draw for companies working in the bioeconomy.
  • Nurture new companies. For Iowa to fully benefit from the bioeconomy through creating new companies and jobs, a vibrant innovation ecosystem is needed that brings together technological innovators, entrepreneurs, economic development experts, and venture capitalists.
  • Educate the biobased workforce. The bioeconomy will require a highly educated workforce, skilled in newly emerging technologies and comfortable working across disciplines. As the bioeconomy expands, so must educational efforts in biorenewables.

Did you know? Greater than 65% of Iowa State graduates within the biosciences stay in Iowa to pursue their career.

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The Alliance for Iowa State is maintained by the Iowa State University Alumni Association. 


The Alliance for Iowa State is a coalition of Iowa State University alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends.

The Alliance advocates Iowa State University's land grant mission throughout Iowa while focusing its advocacy on

state legislators and public policy makers.