Technology Association of Iowa & Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Announce 2017 Cedar Rapids TechBrew AM Series

Jan 23, 2017

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – January 23, 2017 – The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI), the statewide voice for Iowa’s technology industry, announced today a new TechBrew AM morning event series in Cedar Rapids beginning in February hosted in collaboration with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

TechBrews are informal networking events for entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and funders. TechBrews in the Corridor have existed for several years rotating monthly between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. In this new model, Iowa City TechBrews events will continue in the evenings with Cedar Rapids TechBrews moving to the morning with coffee and personal interviews with Eastern Iowa CIOs.

At TechBrew AM events, TAI President, Brian Waller conducts casual interviews with CIOs who share their favorite music for TAI’s “Vinyl Tuesdays,” discuss their career path, and share what’s most important for the Iowa technology community moving forward.

“TechBrew AM has been a wild success in Central Iowa due in large part to the curiosity of who and what top technology professionals in the state do and the challenges they face,” said Waller. “We are excited to profile six technology executives in Eastern Iowa who make a great impact on the state’s economy.”

The first Cedar Rapids TechBrew AM is on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and is sponsored by Involta. TAI Board Member and Involta CEO, Bruce Lehrman is the featured executive.

“This is an important strategic partnership for us,” said Doug Neumann, interim President & CEO of the Economic Alliance. “Technology Association of Iowa brings a new opportunity for Cedar Rapids business leaders to experience, and we look forward to the innovative and collaborative thinking these TechBrews will offer.”

Corridor TechBrew 2017 Dates:

Tuesday, February 7

TechBrew AM with Bruce Lehrman, CEO of Involta at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by Involta

Tuesday, March 7

TechBrew Iowa City sponsored by ImOn Communications

Tuesday, April 11

TechBrew AM with Terrell Hunter, City of Marion IT Division Manager at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by Involta

Tuesday, May 9

TechBrew Iowa City sponsored by Hamilton IP Law

Tuesday, June 13

TechBrew AM with Jim Burns, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation Vice President, Information Technology at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by Involta

Tuesday, August 8

TechBrew AM with Brian Frese, CTO of United Fire Group at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by OneNeck IT Solutions

Tuesday, September 12

TechBrew Iowa City

Tuesday, October 10

TechBrew AM with Eric Engleman, Founder & Managing Director of NewBoCo & Iowa Startup Accelerator at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Tuesday, November 14

TechBrew Iowa City

Tuesday, December 12

TechBrew AM with Laura Smith, VP IT Operations of UnityPoint Health at Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance sponsored by Robert Half

TechBrew events are free and open to the public. Register to attend at technologyiowa.org/events.

About the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI)

The Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) is a statewide, member-based organization uniting Iowa's technology community by connecting leaders, driving public policy, fostering diversity and inclusion, and developing talent. TAI's members work together to support the industry and advance Iowa's reputation as a technology state. The organization is a collection of leaders who have come together as Iowa’s statewide voice for technology. To learn more, visit: www.technologyiowa.org

About the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance serves as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth and prosperity for Iowa’s Creative Corridor through core functions of business support, economic development, community development, public policy and regional development.

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