About Us

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance building in Downtown Cedar Rapids, IowaThe Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance combines the economic and community development efforts of the former Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Priority One. The new organization began January 1, 2012.

Birds eye view of downtown Cedar Rapids, IowaThrough the following core functions of business support, economic development & workforce, community development, and public policy, we strive to be the top economic growth region in the country.

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Economic Alliance 2020 Annual Report


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Business Support

Our Business Support core function is dedicated to creating a strong business environment which supports all employers. The Economic Alliance focuses on small and locally-owned businesses to engage and connect them through networking, business and professional development programs.

See more in Business Resources.

Community Development

The Economic Alliance's Community Development core function is focused on growing core districts in Cedar Rapids and supporting surrounding communities. We work to implement strategic plans for core area housing, signature streets and beautification, quality of life events and flood protection progress.

See more in Our Community.

Economic Development & Workforce

The Economic Development core function of Economic Development & Workforce is designed to grow and retain new and existing business. Our focus is targeted toward bio-processing/food ingredients, distribution/logistics, electronic equipment/design, food processing, financial services/insurance, information technology, process manufacturing and wind energy.

Public Policy

The Economic Alliance is focused on public policy advocacy that supports the organization's other four core functions: Business Support, Community Development, and Business Retention & Expansion.

The Economic Alliance collaborates with the business community and other stakeholders and partners, including local municipalities and entities, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Iowa Chamber Alliance to develop a local, state and federal policy agenda. We then provide a unified voice to advocate for pro-business and pro-growth issues key to our members and the region.

See more in Public Policy.

Economic Alliance News

Stronger Together: "We Are CR" Mural

Jul 28, 2021

Our community and nation have been through much tragedy and tumult over the past 18 months, but during these tough times our com… Read More

New MedQuarter Banners Encourage Wellness

Jul 28, 2021

One of the greatest concerns expressed by physicians and other health care workers throughout the pandemic was that people were … Read More

Cedar Rapids Lights Up With Façade Improvements

Jul 28, 2021

Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance facilitates a façade improvement program intended to encourage property and … Read More

Cybersecurity and Risk Mitigation for Businesses

Jul 27, 2021

Ransomware attacks in 2020 were up 300% with targets ranging from government agencies to small businesses. Homeland Security Sec… Read More

CR Summer Rally Kicks Off

Jul 27, 2021

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s new buy local initiative, CR Summer Rally, kicks off July 12 and runs through Septemb… Read More

Mission, Vision, and Values

VISION

TO BE THE TOP ECONOMIC GROWTH REGION IN THE COUNTRY.

MISSION

TO DRIVE ECONOMIC, WORKFORCE AND POPULATION GROWTH STRATEGIES, AND TO HELP BUSINESSES SUCCEED.

VALUES

  • WE VALUE OUR MEMBERS AND STRIVE TO EXCEED THEIR EXPECTATIONS.
  • WE EMBRACE INNOVATION IN OUR WORK.
  • WE FOCUS ON COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS IN EVERYTHING WE DO.
  • WE ARE COMMITTED TO A HIGH-PERFORMANCE CULTURE, CENTERED ON CORE COMPETENCIES.

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