Central Iowa companies should consider exporting more services as well
as products to increase international trade, the Greater Des Moines
Regional Export Plan released last week recommended. Just 30 percent of
the $5.7 billion in exports by Central Iowa companies last year
consisted of services, according to the report. Boosting service sector
exports is one of four broad recommendations in the report, which
outlines specific strategies. Greater Des Moines is one of 12
metropolitan areas that have been selected by the Brookings Institution
to receive assistance in developing an export plan tailored to regional
4 ways to boost exports of Iowa services
- Identify service companies currently exporting through existing industry meetings.
- Identify service companies that are under-exporting and firms with export potential.
- Promote the Study Iowa Program to attract more international students at Central Iowa colleges and universities.
- Conduct an international insurance symposium in Des Moines (planned for spring 2014).