Iowa doesn’t just talk about America’s skills gap. We roll up our sleeves and fill it. Iowa has ramped up its STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in public schools and made it easier for businesses to collaborate with students. The state has also increased its focus on technical trade skills at its network of community colleges—where curriculum aligns with the needs of business. At Iowa's research-focused universities the next wave of biomedical engineers and data analysts are ready to compete in the global economy, as advanced technologies are commercialized for the private sector. Let’s face it. Iowa fills the gap with smart, educated and efficient workers.