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

Last Chance to Turn in Rally Cards for Your Rally Cap!

Economic Alliance | Oct 29, 2020

In early June, the Economic Alliance announced Rally C.A.P. (Champion and Protect), an initiative to champion a local-first mind… Read More

Candidate Forums Support Community Education on Federal Candidate Positions

Economic Alliance | Oct 29, 2020

Candidates for federal office within our metro area spoke directly to Economic Alliance members as a part of our 2020 federal ca… Read More

New Large-Capacity Trash Cans and Recycling Receptacles Coming to Downtown

Economic Alliance | Oct 29, 2020

Downtown Cedar Rapids is set to get rid of unsightly trash mounds in overflowing cans by installing 20 new durable, high-capacit… Read More

First Ever Drive-Thru Farmers Market Season Online Sees Sales Results

Economic Alliance | Oct 29, 2020

As the Economic Alliance pivoted projects and workloads to meet the challenges and needs of members during the global pandemic t… Read More

Building a Business Support Calendar for 2021 & We Need You!

Economic Alliance | Oct 29, 2020

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance offers free and engaging programming exclusively for members on a variety of topics inc… 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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