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ICR Legislative Night 2023

March 23, 2023 | Public Policy

Public Policy Update: ICR Legislative Night a Success

State Policy Update The 2023 session’s first funnel deadline was last Friday. Following this deadline, hundreds of bills did not survive, making them ineligible to advance, ...

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Cedar Ridge

March 10, 2023 | Business Support, Buy 319

One Change Equates to a Big Difference – Supporting 319 Fills Cedar Ridge’s Cup

When opportunities arose to take their products international, Jamie Siefken, General Manager and Executive VP at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, knew staying true to their...

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Midwest Metal Products

March 10, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce, Uncategorized

Manufacturing 4.0 Applications Are Open

Manufacturing 4.0 grant applications opened for 2023 on March 1. These grants provide opportunities that encourage innovation through funding businesses and organizations that...

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The Map Room

March 2, 2023 | Buy 319, Economic Development & Workforce

Thinking Beyond the Obvious – The Map Room’s Secret Recipe is 319

When it comes to having a local first mindset, Christina Springman, owner of The Map Room restaurant in downtown Cedar Rapids, has the recipe down to a science....

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City View Community High School

March 1, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Economic Alliance Welcomes City View Community High School Into Our Downtown Location

Valued members, as you know, a focused mission of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has always been to unite the community in as many facets as possible. That being sai...

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Public Policy Update

February 24, 2023 | Public Policy

Take Action on Federal Immigration Policy

State Policy Update This week was the final week before lawmakers head into the first funnel of the session next week. March 3 is the deadline when bills are required to pass ...

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Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company

February 20, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development

The Perfect Refreshing Partner of Restaurant Week 2023

Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Company is the proud supporting sponsor of the Economic Alliance’s Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week 2023. Restaurant Week is a ten day, buy local foo...

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The Gazette

February 13, 2023 | Business Support, Downtown Cedar Rapids, Member Stories, Membership

Gazette celebrates 140 years of community support

As community leaders, you most likely know some of the Gazette journalists who ask hard questions about key issues. Perhaps about your business. They live and work here and wa...

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Public Policy Update

February 10, 2023 | Public Policy

Public Policy Update: Apprenticeships, Child Care, Taxes & More

State Policy Update Lawmakers have several more weeks until their first legislative deadline. March 3 marks the end of the first “funnel week” of the session when bills ar...

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Mo Nasraddin with The KETO Kitchen in Downtown Cedar Rapids

February 3, 2023 | Business Support, Downtown Cedar Rapids, Economic Development

The KETO Kitchen Gets Jump Start to Open in Downtown Cedar Rapids

Mo Nasraddin personally connects to living a healthier lifestyle by embracing the Keto diet. Now he’s brought healthy food to downtown Cedar Rapids with the opening of The K...

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Young Professionals Meeting with Computers

February 1, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce

Collins Aerospace Gets Creative With Talent Recruitment

Workforce issues touch every industry from health care to retail to manufacturing. Companies get creative with recruiting through social media efforts, job site visits, and jo...

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Public Policy Update

January 27, 2023 | Public Policy

Action Packed Start to the 2023 Legislative Session

Week three of the 2023 Iowa legislative session saw plenty of action. The first part of the week was dominated by the Governor’s school choice legislation that will allow lo...

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January 25, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Cedar Rapids Public Library Welcomes International Community with Online Service

According to the latest census data, nearly 7% of the population in Cedar Rapids was born outside of the United States. They help fill our workforce shortage and fuel our econ...

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A closeup of a mans hand opening a door

January 9, 2023 | Business Support, Member Stories

5 Local Businesses Putting Down Roots for Expansion in the Cedar Rapids Metro

Affordable Transportation When Arnold Daniels Jr. relocated from Washington, DC, to Cedar Rapids in 2016, his goal was to become a long-distance truck driver with a local tran...

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A volunteer repairs a house

January 9, 2023 | Business Support, Member Stories

5 Non-Profits to Consider Supporting Locally with Volunteer Time or Funding

Cedar Valley Habitat For Humanity Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) is tackling the housing shortage in Linn and Benton counties by helping qualified families build th...

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