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, business retention & expansion, community development, and public policy, we strive to be the top economic growth region in the country.

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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

Now Booking 2020 BizMix Hosts

Oct 29, 2019

We’re booking hosts for 2020 BizMixes now! BizMix brings together area professionals for an evening of casual networking and is … Read More

Our Country Needs a Trade Deal with Mexico and Canada Now

Oct 29, 2019

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, is an updated trade agreement between the three countries. There are some b… Read More
Category: Public Policy
Tags : Trade, USMCA

Regional Legislative Agendas to be Unveiled at December 12 Event

Oct 29, 2019

Join members from the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce for the Regional Legis… Read More

Czech Village/New Bohemia Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District Commission Discusses 2020 Priorities

Oct 29, 2019

The Czech Village/New Bohemia Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Commission reviewed, discussed and provided … Read More

New Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID District Beautification Committee Calls for Volunteers

Oct 29, 2019

The Czech Village/New Bohemia Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) Commission is seeking any businesses, employ… 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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