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End of Campaigns Marks New Work to be Done

​Having spent more than a dozen pre-social media years in old-fashioned print journalism, I know the challenges of discussing politics in a column written before, but published after, Election Day. That’s true of this Report letter, though I’m confident I…
Having spent more than a dozen pre-social media years in old-fashioned print journalism, I know the challenges of discussing politics in a column written before, but published aft……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/end-campaigns-marks-new-work-be-done

Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust Gifts African American Museum of Iowa with Economic Alliance Membership

​As part of a their membership with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, members at the Visionary level and higher receive the benefit to gift a membership to a non-member charity, nonprofit, or startup of their choosing. The opportunity allows the o…
As part of a their membership with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, members at the Visionary level and higher receive the benefit to gift a membership to a non-member ch……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/cedar-rapids-bank-trust-gifts-african-american-museum-iowa-economic-alliance-membership

Welcome Jule Day, New Economic Alliance Communications Manager

​The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance recently announced Jule Day as the organization’s Communications Manager. Day began her new position in early November. Day is responsible for providing communications for the organization. The Communication Manag…
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance recently announced Jule Day as the organization’s Communications Manager. Day began her new position in early November. Day is responsib……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/welcome-jule-day-new-economic-alliance-communications-manager

20th Anniversary of the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award

​Since 2000, the Economic Alliance (and legacy organization, the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce) has been proud to bestow its highest honor, the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award, to business leaders who exemplify the outstanding, enduring b…
Since 2000, the Economic Alliance (and legacy organization, the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce) has been proud to bestow its highest honor, the Howard Hall Excellence in B……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/20th-anniversary-howard-hall-excellence-business-award

Hotel Millwright Creates 44 New Jobs, Plans for Future Growth Celebrating Amana's Story

​Economic Alliance member The Amana Society, Inc. has been busy this year. Not only did the historic community recently open Hotel Millwright, a 65-room boutique hotel (a now successful project recipient of the Brownfield/Grayfield Redevelopment Tax Credi…
Economic Alliance member The Amana Society, Inc. has been busy this year. Not only did the historic community recently open Hotel Millwright, a 65-room boutique hotel (a now succ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/hotel-millwright-creates-44-new-jobs-plans-future-growth-celebrating-amanas-story

Despite Pandemic, Employee Engagement Persists Through Corridor Corporate Games

​For good reason, the topic of 2020 has been COVID-19. The virus has impacted us all, including significant changes in terms of how we work and live. It also greatly changed the summer Corridor Corporate Games, but change can be a good thing. Typically…
For good reason, the topic of 2020 has been COVID-19. The virus has impacted us all, including significant changes in terms of how we work and live. It also greatly changed the s……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/11/despite-pandemic-employee-engagement-persists-through-corridor-corporate-games

Mental Health Becomes Top of Mind for Business

​An unexpected, though not surprising, focus emerged from a discussion with business leaders last month. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance partnered with MEDCO and HEDCO, the economic development corporations of Marion and Hiawatha, on a virtua…
An unexpected, though not surprising, focus emerged from a discussion with business leaders last month. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance partnered with MEDCO and HEDCO, ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/12/mental-health-becomes-top-mind-business

Economic Alliance's Annual Meeting Goes Virtual with iBreakthrough

​The Economic Alliance’s Annual Meeting is our signature event where valued member businesses and regional champions come together to celebrate accomplishments and learn about the organization’s goals for the year ahead. Traditionally, we have seen 1,000+…
The Economic Alliance’s Annual Meeting is our signature event where valued member businesses and regional champions come together to celebrate accomplishments and learn about the……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/12/economic-alliances-annual-meeting-goes-virtual-ibreakthrough

2021 Economic Alliance Strategic Focuses

​During the Annual Meeting on January 28, Economic Alliance Executive Director, Doug Neumann, laid out the strategies developed and shaped with input from members through discussions at Innovation Council meetings and one-to-one outreach to member busine…
During the Annual Meeting on January 28, Economic Alliance Executive Director, Doug Neumann, laid out the strategies developed and shaped with input from members through discuss……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/01/2021-economic-alliance-strategic-focuses

Infrastructure Investment as the Next Economic Stimulus

​With several federal issues getting a lot of attention and making a lot of noise – some for conflict, some for progress – an important one that’s building quiet momentum is infrastructure investment. The Economic Alliance is one of a long list of busines…
With several federal issues getting a lot of attention and making a lot of noise – some for conflict, some for progress – an important one that’s building quiet momentum is infras……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/02/infrastructure-investment-next-economic-stimulus

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