Regional Business Attraction Grows Economy Amidst Pandemic

Aug 25, 2020

Business attraction and prospecting continues to be an important aspect of the Economic Alliance’s Economic Development work to grow the economy, especially amidst a global pandemic. Since May, three interstate commerce manufacturing prospects have visited the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids region. Two of the site visits are in the consumer products sector, and one is in the bioprocessing space. Two of the three opportunities have come directly from regional business marketing efforts. The bioprocessing company toured sites in Benton and Jones counties, and met with the county economic development agencies, led by Kate Robertson of Benton Development Group and Derek Lumsden of Jones County Economic Development, respectively. The corporate visitors took socially distanced tours to learn about the area’s potential for growth, touring sites and buildings, while measuring opportunities for investment.

These efforts align directly with the Economic Alliance’s economic development tactic to work with site selectors to attract new businesses to the region. See our COVID-19 modified Strategic Plan at

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