January Marks Historic Record for Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Feb 07, 2017
CEDAR RAPIDS – A record number of businesses joined the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance in January 2017. The membership-based organization added 47 member businesses last month, shattering its previous monthly record total of 29. The organization has grown 6.7 percent in just the past eight months, and stands at 1,197 members as of the end of January.
“As a membership organization, we work for our members and we don’t exist without them,” said Lindsay Leahy, Member Services Manager at the Economic Alliance. “We’ve focused on providing value and are better at telling our story. It’s showing in our membership growth.”
January is historically the Economic Alliance’s highest membership month due to its membership and fiscal year structure. Dating back several decades to the previous Chamber of Commerce, this 47-member record has never been exceeded except in the aftermath of the Flood of 2008, when the Chamber of Commerce offered free memberships to any business that was affected by the flood.
Interim President & CEO Doug Neumann credited Leahy and Julie Stewart, who leads the organization’s new member sales efforts.
“Beyond a rock star staff, a membership with the Economic Alliance is relevant for businesses,” said Neumann. “We continue to hear from the business community that they have a renewed interest and confidence in our programs and services.”
Neumann said he hopes the momentum continues through to the Economic Alliance’s membership renewal campaign. Membership dues invoices for existing members are now due, and the organization plans to complete the current campaign phase within the next 30 days.
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The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance serves as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth and prosperity for the region through core functions of business support, economic development, community development, public policy and regional development.