20th Anniversary of the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award

Nov 17, 2020

Since 2000, the Economic Alliance (and legacy organization, the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce) has been proud to bestow its highest honor, the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award, to business leaders who exemplify the outstanding, enduring business values of Howard Hall and his passion for a vibrant Cedar Rapids. In the award’s 20 year history, attendees of the Annual Meeting have seen Mary Quass, Pat Baird, Clay Jones, John and Dyan Smith, Chuck Hammond, Larry Helling, Duane Smith and so many more of our community’s outstanding leaders be recognized for being integral to the success of our membership and our region.

Who will be next? Nominations for the award are open now through December 2, 2020 and can be made on the Economic Alliance's website at


The namesake of this award was an industrialist and philanthropist who used his influence to create a better local economy and community. Mr. Hall was dedicated to the development of our region and frequently worked behind the scenes to attract new businesses and jobs. We still benefit from the many contributions of the Hall Family today.

Award selection is made by a Selection Committee comprised of large investors and community leaders.

The Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award will be presented during the Economic Alliance’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2021 and will be taking place virtually. Please watch for registration information in the coming weeks.

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