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Iowa Legislative Session Begins & What We’re Advocating For

The second session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly kicked off on Monday, January 13. The Economic Alliance is well prepared for the weeks ahead. Likewise, as we begin a national election year, we’ve prioritized our federal agenda so we’re ready to talk …
The second session of the 88th Iowa General Assembly kicked off on Monday, January 13. The Economic Alliance is well prepared for the weeks ahead. Likewise, as we begin a national……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/01/iowa-legislative-session-begins-what-were-advocating

January 31 Public Policy Update: Child Care Issues are Front and Center

After the pomp and circumstance of the first weeks of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, this week was full of committee and subcommittee hearings at the Capitol and a plethora of legislation bills were introduced, including many focused on workforce issu…
State Update Child Care Issues Front and Center After the pomp and circumstance of the first weeks of the 2020 Iowa legislative session, this week was full of committee and subco……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/01/january-31-public-policy-update-child-care-issues-are-front-and-center

Economic Alliance Annual Report for 2019

In 2019 we unveiled to you, our Economic Alliance members, a Strategic Plan that identified the primary focus for each of our four core functions - Business Support, Community Development, Economic Development and Public Policy. Each focus included strate…
In 2019 we unveiled to you, our Economic Alliance members, a Strategic Plan that identified the primary focus for each of our four core functions - Business Support, Community De……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/economic-alliance-annual-report-2019

Census Data Used to Determine Federal Representation, Funding and More

​2020 is census year. The census gathers so much more than just population figures. Conducted every 10 years since 1790, our system of government has depended on accurate population counts. It’s in all our best interests to get an accurate count of commun…
2020 is census year. The census gathers so much more than just population figures. Conducted every 10 years since 1790, our system of government has depended on accurate populati……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/census-data-used-determine-federal-representation-funding-and-more

USMCA Success: Your Voices Make a Difference

​Congratulations to all Economic Alliance member companies and employees who contributed to the positive outcome of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. Your advocacy, along with other small businesses, associations, manufacturers and …
Congratulations to all Economic Alliance member companies and employees who contributed to the positive outcome of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. Your a……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/usmca-success-your-voices-make-difference

Better Your Community By Serving on a City or State Board or Commission

​There’s power in the voices of the business community and our members! Amplify your voice by serving on a city or state board or commission. This is the perfect opportunity for passionate community members to see direct results from their volunteer time.…
There’s power in the voices of the business community and our members! Amplify your voice by serving on a city or state board or commission. This is the perfect opportunity for……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/02/better-your-community-serving-city-or-state-board-or-commission

Special Public Policy Update 3-17-2020

On March 15, the Iowa House and Senate announced the legislative session will suspend for a minimum of 30 days following the announcement of community spread in Iowa. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Governor’…
Iowa Legislature Suspends – Grants Governor Expanded Powers On March 15, the Iowa House and Senate announced the legislative session will suspend for a minimum of 30 days followi……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/special-public-policy-update-3-17-2020

Special Public Policy Update 3-18-2020

Here’s an update on how federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic for businesses and the economy. Phase I Package The first Coronavirus bill allowed $1 billion in loan subsidies to be made available to help small businesses, small …
Here’s an update on how federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic for businesses and the economy. Phase I Package The first Coronavirus bill allowed $……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/special-public-policy-update-3-18-2020

Details Emerge on Phase III of Federal Government’s Response to Coronavirus + Local, State and Federal Tax Updates Related to Coronavirus

On March 18, we shared an update on how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic for businesses and the economy, in three phases. New details have emerged for Phase III of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbre…
Details Emerge on Phase III of Federal Government’s Response to CoronavirusOn March 18, we shared an update on how the federal government is responding to the coronavirus pandemic ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/details-emerge-phase-iii-federal-governments-response-coronavirus-state-and-federal-tax-updates-related-coronavirus

Iowa Small Businesses Can Apply for COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Loans Through the Small Business Administration

​The federal government has announced that Iowa has received an economic injury disaster declaration through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and small business owners in Iowa are now eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronaviru…
The federal government has announced that Iowa has received an economic injury disaster declaration through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and small business owners ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/iowa-businesses-can-apply-covid-19-disaster-recovery-loans-through-small-business-administration

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