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​Apply Now to be Featured in 2020 Business Support Program Lineup

You’re an expert in your field and our members could benefit from your expertise! If you’d like to share your knowledge and get your business in front of fellow Economic Alliance members, apply to be featured in our 2020 Business Support programs. Applica…
You’re an expert in your field and our members could benefit from your expertise! If you’d like to share your knowledge and get your business in front of fellow Economic Alliance m……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/09/apply-now-be-featured-2020-business-support-program-lineup

5 Ways to Get More Involved in 2020

If getting more involved with the Economic Alliance and our local business community is on your 2020 resolutions list, you’ve come to the right place! All Economic Alliance member businesses and their employees can take advantage of these five ways to get…
If getting more involved with the Economic Alliance and our local business community is on your 2020 resolutions list, you’ve come to the right place! All Economic Alliance member……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2019/12/5-ways-get-more-involved-2020

Welcoming New Innovation Council and Policy Board Members

​As the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance works to drive economic, workforce and population growth strategies and help businesses succeed, we certainly do not complete this mission alone. In fact, we do so with the guidance and influence of many member…
As the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance works to drive economic, workforce and population growth strategies and help businesses succeed, we certainly do not complete this miss……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/01/welcoming-new-innovation-council-and-policy-board-members

Make 2020 the Year Your Retail Business Goes Online

The internet has transformed the way we all shop: from our couches, with price transparency, and with easy delivery and returns. According to one survey, 70% of adults make purchases online, and almost all of them have bought from Amazon.com. With retail …
The internet has transformed the way we all shop: from our couches, with price transparency, and with easy delivery and returns. According to one survey, 70% of adults m……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/make-2020-year-your-retail-business-goes-online

Fair Chance Hiring Strategies: One Way to Address Workforce Availability Shortages

​Workforce shortages are a top concern for area employers. Fair chance hiring is one way to innovatively address issues with workforce availability. Fair chance hiring policies ensure a prospective candidate with a record (like arrest, probation, or in…
Workforce shortages are a top concern for area employers. Fair chance hiring is one way to innovatively address issues with workforce availability. Fair chance hiring po……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/fair-chance-hiring-strategies-one-way-address-workforce-availability-shortages

Two Buy Local Initiatives See Success in 2019

​The impact of dollars spent locally was a common thread through which much of the Economic Alliance’s Business Support work was woven in 2019. The Economic Alliance led the second annual Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here, presented by GreenState Credit Unio…
Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here The impact of dollars spent locally was a common thread through which much of the Economic Alliance’s Business Support work was woven in 2019. The ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/two-buy-local-initiatives-see-success-2019

Construction Dive's 'mini megacities' to Watch: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

From medical marijuana manufacturing to flood protection and infrastructure upgades, a range of diverse projects is fueling a massive uptick in construction activity in and around Iowa's second-largest city. In recent years, 125 projects valued at $1 m…
From medical marijuana manufacturing to flood protection and infrastructure upgades, a range of diverse projects is fueling a massive uptick in construction activity in and around……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/construction-dives-mini-megacities-watch-cedar-rapids-iowa

Business Spotlight: Labor Finders

​Labor Finders, at 3200 16th Ave., Ste. C in Cedar Rapids, is an employment and staffing agency employing three full-time office employees as well as more than 100 part-time field employees. For more than 15 years, Labor Finders has offered temporary, tem…
Labor Finders, at 3200 16th Ave., Ste. C in Cedar Rapids, is an employment and staffing agency employing three full-time office employees as well as more than 100 part-time fie……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/business-spotlight-labor-finders

Trending Up: Employers Investing More in Employee Development

​The Economic Alliance analyzes data received from the business community through surveys conducted during in-person meetings each year to measure the climate of our business community and to monitor and report on business trends. One trend we’re seeing i…
The Economic Alliance analyzes data received from the business community through surveys conducted during in-person meetings each year to measure the climate of our business comm……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/trending-employers-investing-more-employee-development

Leadership for Five Seasons Adult Application For the Class of 2021 Opens April 1

Looking to deepen your knowledge of the community, get more involved, meet people who are looking to sharpen their leadership skills? From April 1 through April 30, Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) will accept applications for the LFS Adult Class of 2021…
Looking to deepen your knowledge of the community, get more involved, meet people who are looking to sharpen their leadership skills? From April 1 through April 30, Leadership fo……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/leadership-five-seasons-adult-application-class-2021-opens-april-1

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