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Ignite ICR Wraps For 2022 With Glowing Reviews & Great Connections

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Development Group’s joint young professionals initiative, Ignite ICR, wrapped its third season this past July with the Progressive Dinner that hosted 128 interns from 33 companies in the Iowa Cit…
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Development Group’s joint young professionals initiative, Ignite ICR, wrapped its third season this past July with……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/08/ignite-icr-wraps-2022-glowing-reviews-great-connections

Welcoming refugees essential to Iowa’s economic future

Though it’s a long drive on I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, our regional economies face many of the same challenges and opportunities. Iowans are working and the unemployment rate is low, at approximately 3% in both of our regions. Howeve…
By Doug Neumann and Drew Kamp Though it’s a long drive on I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, our regional economies face many of the same challenges and opportunitie……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/08/welcoming-refugees-essential-iowas-economic-future

Big Little City for Your Housing Investment

​Moving to a new city is a life changing decision. Whether it’s for a new career opportunity or to move closer to family, investing in a home can be a big risk. The Cedar Rapids Metro area is an attractive real estate market for buyers that can mitigate t…
Moving to a new city is a life changing decision. Whether it’s for a new career opportunity or to move closer to family, investing in a home can be a big risk. The Cedar Rapids……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/09/big-little-city-your-housing-investment

Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Announce Another Round of Funding for Child Care Business Incentive Grants

The Economic Alliance team hears regularly from our members about their workforce challenges, and that includes access to child care that create barriers for working parents. It is estimated that Linn County is deficient more than 23,815 child care slots,…
The Economic Alliance team hears regularly from our members about their workforce challenges, and that includes access to child care that create barriers for working parents. It i……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/09/iowa-workforce-development-and-iowa-department-health-and-human-services-announce-another-round-funding-child-care-business-ince

Engaging Young Professional in the Community...It’s Easy!

​Getting your young professional employees involved in the community is a key retention tool for the Cedar Rapids metro area. ImpactCR is a great place for your employees to get involved in our community, build their own network, find volunteer opportunit…
Getting your young professional employees involved in the community is a key retention tool for the Cedar Rapids metro area. ImpactCR is a great place for your employees to ge……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/09/engaging-young-professional-communityits-easy

Thinking About What Matters

​Brain drain - the departure of our college graduates to other states – isn’t anything new. We’ve read about, try to recruit against it, and promote the benefits of staying in Iowa all in hopes these graduates see a future worth sticking around for. It ma…
Brain drain - the departure of our college graduates to other states – isn’t anything new. We’ve read about, try to recruit against it, and promote the benefits of staying in Iowa……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/10/thinking-about-what-matters

Discussions Around DEI Remain Top of Mind for the ICR Region

When diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are ingrained in a society’s core, it’s a win for everyone. An equitable business community not only makes the local economy stronger, but a diverse workforce fuels belonging, openness, and innovation. The Iowa C…
When diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are ingrained in a society’s core, it’s a win for everyone. An equitable business community not only makes the local economy stronger, b……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/10/discussions-around-dei-remain-top-mind-icr-region

Nearly $235 Million of Capital Investments Coming to the Cedar Rapids Metro After State Money Awards Announced

​Fifteen Cedar Rapids metro projects received major funding boosts from the state of Iowa as the Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced over $11 million for redevelopment tax credits for Brownfield/Grayfield sites and Workforce Housing Tax Cred…
Fifteen Cedar Rapids metro projects received major funding boosts from the state of Iowa as the Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced over $11 million for redevelopmen……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/10/nearly-235-million-capital-investments-coming-cedar-rapids-metro-after-state-money-awards-announced

Local Company Helps Clients Go Green

​We all strive to be environmentally responsible throughout our lives. We recycle. We compost. We conserve energy. AMTek Microwaves, located in southwest Cedar Rapids, helps clients be more environmentally responsible on a larger scale. As a leading ma…
We all strive to be environmentally responsible throughout our lives. We recycle. We compost. We conserve energy. AMTek Microwaves, located in southwest Cedar Rapids, helps clie……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/11/local-company-helps-clients-go-green

Cedar Rapids Metro Gaining National and International Attention for Business Attraction Projects

2022 has been a monumental year for economic development in the community. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has responded to 22 request for proposals (RFP) in the past 10 months, which marks a record year for business attraction in the area.
2022 has been a monumental year for economic development in the community. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has responded to 22 request for proposals (RFP) in the past ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2022/11/cedar-rapids-metro-gaining-national-and-international-attention-business-attraction-projects

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