Economic Alliance Announces New Hire and Team Changes to Further Economic Growth Strategy

May 08, 2018

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance today announced several staff changes, including the hiring of former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett into a strategic role focused on regional economic growth.

In the role of Business Retention & Expansion Strategist, Corbett will be responsible for relationships with major businesses in the Cedar Rapids metro area, particularly those with future job growth and company expansion plans. Duties of the role include working in cooperation with business leaders, developers, commercial Realtors, city/county/state/federal agencies and utilities to make sure businesses that want to grow here succeed in doing so.

“I’m excited to add Ron to our Team and let him do what he does best,” said Doug Neumann, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. “No one has worked harder or been more successful at helping our business community than Ron.”

The Economic Alliance also announced the promotion of Jamie Toledo to Services Manager, plus several other internal changes to better align the organization’s resources.

Previously serving as Business Services Strategist, Toledo quickly established herself as a leader in the organization and on the Services Team. Toledo’s main responsibilities as Services Manager include creating and executing membership retention strategies, providing leadership of outreach to build member relationships as well as development and implementation of unique and personalized experiences to increase member loyalty.

“There are great things happening in the regional economy right now, but we’re also hearing from businesses facing headwinds,” Neumann said. “The Economic Alliance is building a talented and hard-working Team to ensure we are doing everything in our power to make businesses successful. Today’s announcement rounds out that stellar Economic Alliance Team.”

Corbett has served as an Iowa state legislator, Speaker of the House and Chamber of Commerce president. He has also worked in leadership roles for international trucking company, CRST and with conservative think tank, Engage Iowa.

Before joining the Economic Alliance last year, Toledo succeeded in several roles with Alliant Energy including Fleet Administration Manager, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Sourcing & Supply Chain Programs Manager, Lean Six Sigma Programs Manager and more.

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The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance serves as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth and prosperity for our region through core functions of economic development, community development, public policy and business support.

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