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Destination Attraction Project Forges Ahead at First & First West Development Site

​Word that developers are ready to forge ahead with grand plans for a signature site in Downtown Cedar Rapids comes at an important time for economic recovery from the pandemic. With many businesses slowed, it is encouraging to see development plans still…
Word that developers are ready to forge ahead with grand plans for a signature site in Downtown Cedar Rapids comes at an important time for economic recovery from the pandemic. Wi……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/07/destination-attraction-project-forges-ahead-first-first-west-development-site

Young Professional Recruitment and Retention Keeps Talent Local

​Even with an ever-shifting job environment, the importance of continuing to build a pipeline of young talent remains vitally important to the success of the region. While recent college graduates have a more immediate need of employment, underclassmen ar…
Even with an ever-shifting job environment, the importance of continuing to build a pipeline of young talent remains vitally important to the success of the region. While recent c……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/07/young-professional-recruitment-and-retention-keeps-talent-local

Regional Business Attraction Grows Economy Amidst Pandemic

​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 visit…
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 pandem……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/08/regional-business-attraction-grows-economy-amidst-pandemic

ICR IOWA Partners with ACT on Social and Emotional Learning Assessment Pilot for Local Schools

​Social and emotional learning skills and character strengths play a key role in achieving success in school and in life. Additionally, employers have been expressing their need for employees with strong soft skills for decades. Yet since most students ar…
Social and emotional learning skills and character strengths play a key role in achieving success in school and in life. Additionally, employers have been expressing their need fo……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/08/icr-iowa-partners-act-social-and-emotional-learning-assessment-pilot-local-schools

Making Cedar Rapids More Attractive To International Talent Expands Economic Opportunity for All

​According to research data provided by the National American Economy ( NAE), immigrants in Linn County are 45.2% more likely to be entrepreneurs than their U.S. -born counterparts, and more than 10% of immigrants are working for themselves. The majority …
According to research data provided by the National American Economy ( NAE), immigrants in Linn County are 45.2% more likely to be entrepreneurs than their U.S. -born counterparts……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/09/making-cedar-rapids-more-attractive-international-talent-expands-economic-opportunity-all

ICR Future Hosts Generational Expert for Session on the Potential of Young People

​ICR Future is a coalition of educators, employers, and organizations working together to develop the future workforce in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR). The coalition was launched in 2018 and includes more than 130 members, with goals to increase the numbe…
ICR Future is a coalition of educators, employers, and organizations working together to develop the future workforce in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR). The coalition was launched i……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/09/icr-future-hosts-generational-expert-session-potential-young-people

General Mills Plans Business Expansion in Cedar Rapids

​General Mills received approval from the Iowa Economic Development Authority on August 21, 2020 for a $37M expansion project at their Cedar Rapids facility. This project will improve “existing production flows while investing in new and more efficient e…
General Mills received approval from the Iowa Economic Development Authority on August 21, 2020 for a $37M expansion project at their Cedar Rapids facility. This project will imp……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/09/general-mills-plans-business-expansion-cedar-rapids

Woods Talks Travero's Logistics Park Cedar Rapids

​Travero is developing Logistics Park Cedar Rapids (LPCR) in southwest Cedar Rapids, just north of the Eastern Iowa Airport. LPCR will offer services that allow shippers to capture the benefits of rails’ economies of scale over long distances with the con…
Travero is developing Logistics Park Cedar Rapids (LPCR) in southwest Cedar Rapids, just north of the Eastern Iowa Airport. LPCR will offer services that allow shippers to captur……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/10/woods-talks-traveros-logistics-park-cedar-rapids

Capital Investment Success During an Unforgettable Year in 2020

​Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance highlights the many ongoing and completed economic development projects in our Building to a Billion and Beyond report. Historically for more than 30 years, the Economic Alliance and our legacy organiza…
Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance highlights the many ongoing and completed economic development projects in our Building to a Billion and Beyond report. Histor……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/12/capital-investment-success-during-unforgettable-year-2020

ICR IOWA Pivots Focus to External Regional Marketing

​The ICR Iowa Board recently announced changes to the regional organization that began in 2016 as a Joint Venture between the Iowa City Area Development Group and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. Beginning in 2021, ICR Iowa will execute a Str…
The ICR Iowa Board recently announced changes to the regional organization that began in 2016 as a Joint Venture between the Iowa City Area Development Group and the Cedar Rapids……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/12/icr-iowa-pivots-focus-external-regional-marketing

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