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Downtown CR Dollars Extended Through March 31

​Last year, we launched the Downtown CR Dollars initiative to provide stimulus and incentives for shopping locally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our community has felt the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, and our local economy has struggled. Downtown CR Do…
Last year, we launched the Downtown CR Dollars initiative to provide stimulus and incentives for shopping locally in downtown Cedar Rapids. Our community has felt the threat of th……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/02/downtown-cr-dollars-extended-through-march-31

MedQuarter Partners with Make It OK to Present Capstone Event

​In 2020, amidst the COVID pandemic and the derecho, a group of leaders came together to launch the Make It OK campaign in Linn County. The goal is to reduce stigma related to mental illness, in conjunction with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. The e…
In 2020, amidst the COVID pandemic and the derecho, a group of leaders came together to launch the Make It OK campagn in Linn County. The goal is to reduce stigma related to menta……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/02/medquarter-partners-make-it-ok-present-capstone-event

2021 Parkway Improvements in the MedQuarter

​For the fourth year in a row, the MedQuarter Regional Medical District plans to continue implementing its Master Parkway Improvement Plan this summer by continuing work along 1st Avenue. After completing parkway improvements on the north and south sides …
For the fourth year in a row, the MedQuarter Regional Medical District plans to continue implementing its Master Parkway Improvement Plan this summer by continuing work along 1st……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/2021-parkway-improvements-medquarter

Spring Beautification & New Maintenance Hire

Spring cleaning and the air of change is upon us. As businesses begin steps to re-open and welcome employees, patrons, and visitors back, energy and renewal feed an optimism that has felt almost unattainable just a few months ago. The Economic Alliance is…
Spring cleaning and the air of change is upon us. As businesses begin steps to re-open and welcome employees, patrons, and visitors back, energy and renewal feed an optimism that ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/spring-beautification-new-maintenance-hire

A SSMID Summary: 2020 Community Development Progress & initiatives

2020 brought a lot--and so did the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) in beautification, placemaking, clean-up efforts and more. The Downtown SSMID was once again a sponsor of the Greene Square Ambassador program—a…
2020 brought a lot--and so did the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) in beautification, placemaking, clean-up efforts and more. The Dow……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/ssmid-summary-2020-community-development-progress-initiatives

Happy Trails - Spring Vibrancy Blooming in Downtown

For the past several years, the Economic Alliance has worked with Blooms Garden Center and Gift Shop to plant over 6,000 flowers and seasonal plants throughout Downtown and the New Bohemia/Czech Village districts. This year, we’re adding to that beautific…
For the past several years, the Economic Alliance has worked with Blooms Garden Center and Gift Shop to plant over 6,000 flowers and seasonal plants throughout Downtown and the Ne……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/happy-trails-spring-vibrancy-blooming-downtown

Buying Local: Business to Business

​The Economic Alliance aims to increase business-to-business local spending and throughout this year will feature the services of member businesses and the economic impact companies can have with their local spending decisions.
The Economic Alliance aims to increase business-to-business local spending and throughout this year will feature the services of member businesses and the economic impact companie……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/buying-local-business-business

Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market Returns for 2021 Season

​After more than a year of remaining in our homes to stay safe, we are thrilled to be able to bring back one of the community’s most highly anticipated events. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance opens the 16th season of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Far…
After more than a year of remaining in our homes to stay safe, we are thrilled to be able to bring back one of the community’s most highly anticipated events. The Cedar Rapids Me……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/cedar-rapids-downtown-farmers-market-returns-2021-season

Downtown SSMID Unveils Fresh New Look

​The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) recently debuted a fresh, new look for Downtown Cedar Rapids. The new branding conveys energy and forward momentum as the community re-engages for post-pandemic vibrancy, and can be seen …
The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) recently debuted a fresh, new look for Downtown Cedar Rapids. The new branding conveys energy and forward moment……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/downtown-ssmid-unveils-fresh-new-look

MedQuarter Marketing Campaign Highlights District Businesses and Encourages People to Seek Health Care

​During the height of the pandemic, the MedQuarter Regional Medical District’s Branding & Marketing Committee knew businesses were hurting due to mandatory shutdowns and ongoing restrictions, and that people were deferring medical treatment because of con…
During the height of the pandemic, the MedQuarter Regional Medical District’s Branding & Marketing Committee knew businesses were hurting due to mandatory shutdowns and ongoing r……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/06/medquarter-marketing-campaign-highlights-district-businesses-and-encourages-people-seek-health-care

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