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

Gov. Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Modifying Public Health Measures

Economic Alliance | Dec 16, 2020

DES MOINES -Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures … Read More

Buy. Give. Grow. Aims to Champion and Protect Local Businesses During the Holiday Season & Beyond

Economic Alliance | Dec 16, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s recently-announced Buy. Give. Grow. initiative, presented by GreenState Credit Union,… Read More

ImpactCR Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

Economic Alliance | Dec 16, 2020

The ImpactCR Board of Advisors welcomed six new members, while saying goodbye to four to close out 2020. The board recently held… Read More

MedQuarter's Commitment to Community Mental Health

Economic Alliance | Dec 15, 2020

How often have you heard the phrase ‘COVID fatigue’ in the last couple of weeks? Yes, it’s a thing.As Iowa, and the nation, gra… Read More

Get $50 Back to Participating Establishments and Retailers!

Economic Alliance | Dec 15, 2020

Recently, Downtown CR Dollars launched to provide stimulus and incentives for shopping locally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our com… 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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