PATE NAMED “FRIEND OF IOWA BUSINESS”
ENDORSED BY IOWA ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS & INDUSTRY
(Cedar Rapids, IA) Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate has been named a “Friend of Iowa Business” by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry in his bid to become Iowa’s next Secretary of State.
“Paul Pate has demonstrated a commitment to improving Iowa’s business and regulatory climate so that employers can create more jobs and grow the economy,” ABI President Michael Ralston said.
ABI is comprised of more than 1,400 companies that employ more than 300,000 Iowans. As “The Voice of Iowa Business Since 1903″, ABI works to enhance the Iowa business climate to foster growth and prosperity for all Iowans. IIPAC evaluates candidates based on their support for a competitive business climate with a focus on creating Iowa jobs. Criteria used to make the designations include the candidates’ positions on issues based on questionnaire responses as well as interviews with members of IIPAC Board. The selections are made by the IIPAC board, which is made of 11 bipartisan ABI members from across Iowa.
Pate, “I’m proud to have the continued support of Iowa’s leading business association and proof positive that my business record and plan to improve the business services division of the Secretary of State’s office is what Iowa’s entrepreneurs need.”
A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 –2006. While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities. Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.
Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.