Economic Alliance Wins BEST of Iowa Award

Mar 12, 2021

The 2020 BEST of Iowa report, that is Business Expansion and Strategic Trends (BEST), dug in to identify unique challenges COVID-19 created for companies in Iowa in 2020 and what solutions will help support a successful recovery. The report contains several calls to action including helping communities develop sites that meet the needs of growing companies, supporting research and development tax credits, growing and expanding technical training opportunities, and encouraging the expansion of broadband access, to name a few.

BEST of Iowa also recently announced the 2020 BEST of Iowa Excellence Award recipients, including the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for its work to support Iowa’s businesses. Awards were also given to the Albia Industrial Development Corporation, City of Ankeny, and Buchanan County Economic Development

“There’s no doubt that this has been a challenging year, but reports like this help us come alongside businesses – to know the specific issues they’re facing, and in true Iowa fashion, overcome the obstacles in our way,” said Deb Calvert, of MidAmerican Energy. “In a year that saw mandated closings, layoffs, remote learning and a devastating derecho, it was more important than ever to band together. We’re grateful for the local community groups who didn’t let anything get in their way to connect with companies.”

The Best of Iowa report is compiled by local economic development groups, regional utilities and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. For more details about the study, visit

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