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

January 17 Public Policy Update: Governor Reynolds Outlines Proposals in Condition of the State Address

Jan 17, 2020

STATE UPDATEGovernor Reynolds gave the Condition of the State address Tuesday morning during a joint legislative session. In the… Read More

​Iowa Chamber Alliance Applauds Governor Reynolds Priorities for 2020

Jan 15, 2020

This following is a press release from the Iowa Chamber Alliance. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is a member of the Io… Read More

Duane Smith to Receive Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award from Economic Alliance

Jan 03, 2020

The Economic Alliance announces Duane Smith, Executive Chairman, TrueNorth Companies as the recipient of the 2019 Howard Hall Ex… Read More

Downtown Gleams and Glitters with Holiday Cheer

Dec 17, 2019

The holidays are shining bright with Downtown Cedar Rapids wrapped up in lights, garland and bows. Greene Square glimmers with l… Read More

From the Mouths of Babes: An Idea for First & First West

Dec 17, 2019

On the west side of the Cedar River in Downtown Cedar Rapids sits eight acres of land full of potential. The site, known as Firs… 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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