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Additional Financial Relief Options for Businesses: Main Street Lending Program and Employee Retention Tax Credit

​Businesses are still able to take advantage of other federal financial relief option if they did not apply or qualify for a PPP. Some of those options include the Main Street Lending Program and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
Businesses are still able to take advantage of other federal financial relief option if they did not apply or qualify for a PPP. Some of those options include the Main Street Lend……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/05/additional-financial-relief-options-businesses-main-street-lending-program-and-employee-retention-tax-credit

​Next Phase of Federal Financial Aid Package

House Democrats and Senate Republicans continue to separately hash out details on their versions of the next federal stimulus legislation. House Speaker Pelosi announced the House may act as soon as Friday, while Senate Majority Leader McConnell indicated…
House Democrats and Senate Republicans continue to separately hash out details on their versions of the next federal stimulus legislation. House Speaker Pelosi announced the House……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/05/next-phase-federal-financial-aid-package

Governor Reynolds Announces Additional Easing of Restrictions

​Governor Reynolds announced today easing more restrictions for Iowa businesses, including Linn, Benton, Iowa, Johnson and Washington counties. Today’s announcement updates the previous public health proclamation that was set to expire on Friday and furth…
Governor Reynolds announced today easing more restrictions for Iowa businesses, including Linn, Benton, Iowa, Johnson and Washington counties. Today’s announcement updates the pre……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/05/governor-reynolds-announces-additional-easing-restrictions

The Economic Alliance and Business Partnership Release COVID-19 Recovery State Policy Focus

​The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Business Partnership’s advocacy strategies remain focused on pro-growth policies as we pivot to a post-pandemic reality. With our members’ recovery needs in mind, and as the Iowa legislature…
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Business Partnership’s advocacy strategies remain focused on pro-growth policies as we pivot to a post-pandemic r……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/05/economic-alliance-and-business-partnership-release-covid-19-recover-state-policy-focus

Iowa’s Hemp Act Approved by USDA, Iowa Farmers Can Grow Hemp in 2020 Growing Season

Hemp production may usher in a whole new industry in Iowa, with impacts reaching far beyond the producers and manufacturers of the crop. As an organization that works to drive economic growth, supporting pro-growth business regulations, as well as clarity…
Hemp production may usher in a whole new industry in Iowa, with impacts reaching far beyond the producers and manufacturers of the crop. As an organization that works to drive eco……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/iowas-hemp-act-approved-usda-iowa-farmers-can-grow-hemp-2020-growing-season

Economic Alliance Supports Bipartisan Bill to Increase Postsecondary Education for Incarcerated Individuals

​Criminal justice reform is often a public policy topic that creates interest among a wide range of organizations and advocacy groups. In recent years, the Economic Alliance has advocated for policies that remove barriers to employment including those tha…
Criminal justice reform is often a public policy topic that creates interest among a wide range of organizations and advocacy groups. In recent years, the Economic Alliance has ad……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/economic-alliance-supports-bipartisan-bill-increase-postsecondary-education-incarcerated-individuals

Advocacy Strategies Remain Focused

​It seems more like five years ago rather than five months ago when the Economic Alliance joined with our partners from Iowa City to launch our region’s 2020 state and federal priorities. As always prior to the launch, we held numerous meetings with membe…
It seems more like five years ago rather than five months ago when the Economic Alliance joined with our partners from Iowa City to launch our region’s 2020 state and federal prio……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/advocacy-strategies-remain-focused

Trade Agreement Goes into Effect July 1

​In late April, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that the new US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement will take effect on July 1, when all three countries begin complying with their commitments under the agree…
In late April, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that the new US-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement will take effect on July 1, when……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/trade-agreement-goes-effect-july-1

Unprecedented Legislative Session Comes to a Close

After what was a coronavirus-interrupted session that lasted well beyond a normal session, the Iowa legislature brought a close to the 88th Iowa General Assembly on Sunday, June 14. The unprecedented session provided some victories for the Economic Allian…
After what was a coronavirus-interrupted session that lasted well beyond a normal session, the Iowa legislature brought a close to the 88th Iowa General Assembly on Sunday, June 1……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/07/unprecedented-legislative-session-comes-close

Congress Must Act to Permanently Protect Dreamers

​On June 18, the Supreme Court struck down the Trump Administration’s attempt to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While this was a positive step, the nearly 700,000 DACA recipients, often referred to as Dreamers, in the U.S…
On June 18, the Supreme Court struck down the Trump Administration’s attempt to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While this was a positive step, th……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/07/congress-must-act-permanently-protect-dreamers

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