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Child Care Issues and Solutions

​The Women’s Recession; sometimes referred to as the “Shecession” is real. According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 2.3 million women have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic, bringing the women’s labor force down to a 33 year…
The Women’s Recession; sometimes referred to as the “Shecession” is real. According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 2.3 million women have left the labor force since th……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/child-care-issues-and-solutions

The Time is Now for Immigration Reform

​There are over 3,700 DACA-eligible immigrants living and working in Iowa who’ve only known the U.S. as home. They are an integral part of our workforce, which already faces shortages. We must use all tools available to us to keep and build our workforce.…
There are over 3,700 DACA-eligible immigrants living and working in Iowa who’ve only known the U.S. as home. They are an integral part of our workforce, which already faces shorta……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/time-now-immigration-reform

President's Trade Agenda Released

The Economic Alliance has long supported free and fair-trade agreements to promote Iowa’s economy. Iowa businesses, including many within our region, have a vested interest in international trade policies due to the dominance of the manufacturing, agricul…
The Economic Alliance has long supported free and fair-trade agreements to promote Iowa’s economy. Iowa businesses, including many within our region, have a vested interest in in……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/presidents-trade-agenda-released

Encouraging Civil Debate & Leading By Example

​Each year the Economic Alliance leadership strategizes plans for the upcoming year. Various aspects come into play as we develop our goals and tactics. We start with our members’ needs, driven by Innovation Council and Policy Board members, then look at …
Each year the Economic Alliance leadership strategizes plans for the upcoming year. Various aspects come into play as we develop our goals and tactics. We start with our members’……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/encouraging-civil-debate-leading-example

Iowa's Businesses Need Immigration Reform

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two landmark pieces of immigration legislation: The Dream and Promise Act and The Farm Workforce Modernization Act. As these bills move to the U.S. Senate for consideration, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) b…
The following is an op-ed article featured in The Gazette on 4/18/2021. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two landmark pieces of immigration legislation: The Dr……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/iowas-businesses-need-immigration-reform

Economic Alliance Staff & Members Participate in Global Conversation

In May, Economic Alliance staff and members took part in an executive roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) that included local business and government leaders. The moderated discussion featured Dan Glickman, former US Secretar…
In May, Economic Alliance staff and members took part in an executive roundtable hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) that included local business and governmen……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/economic-alliance-staff-members-participate-global-conversation

Legislative Session Brings Successes, Yet Work Remains

​The Iowa Legislature brought an end to the first session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly on May 19, 2021. The session ended after weeks of negotiating an omnibus tax bill that includes key Economic Alliance priorities affecting economic development, t…
The Iowa Legislature brought an end to the first session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly on May 19, 2021. The session ended after weeks of negotiating an omnibus tax bill that ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/legislative-session-brings-successes-yet-work-remains

May Rountable with Congresswoman Hinson & Economic Alliance Members Provide Tangible Examples of Obstacles for Employment

​To directly connect Economic Alliance members with legislative representatives, the Economic Alliance occasionally hosts small group discussions with elected officials. In May, we hosted a roundtable session with Congresswoman Ashley Hinson and seven mid…
To directly connect Economic Alliance members with legislative representatives, the Economic Alliance occasionally hosts small group discussions with elected officials. In May, w……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/may-rountable-congresswoman-hinson-economic-alliance-members-provide-tangible-examples-obstacles-employment

A Solution to the Workforce Shortage

​Iowa’s workforce challenges remain a top concern for Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance members in the aftermath of 2020. The need to grow, retain, and attract a skilled workforce is clear and is at the center of the work we do on behalf of our members…
Iowa’s workforce challenges remain a top concern for Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance members in the aftermath of 2020. The need to grow, retain, and attract a skilled workfor……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/07/solution-workforce-shortage

Advocacy Work Gears Up for the Year Ahead

​Now is the time of year when our public policy team begins building the Economic Alliance’s federal and state advocacy agenda for 2022. Our staff holds numerous meetings with members and stakeholders throughout the year that help us develop our public po…
Now is the time of year when our public policy team begins building the Economic Alliance’s federal and state advocacy agenda for 2022. Our staff holds numerous meetings with memb……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/08/advocacy-work-gears-year-ahead

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