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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

Urban and Rural Alignment in Public Policy

​The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance focuses on the growth of our region. We work with our members and partners to prioritize and implement strategies that make local businesses, organizations, and our region successful. Our public policy strategy st…
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance focuses on the growth of our region. We work with our members and partners to prioritize and implement strategies that make local business……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/08/urban-and-rural-alignment-public-policy

Governor Reynolds Announces Tightening of Restrictions

​Earlier today Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. Effective at 5:00 p.m. today all bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs are to close in six counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Jo…
Earlier today Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. Effective at 5:00 p.m. today all bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, dis……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/08/governor-reynolds-announces-tightening-restrictions

Governor Reynolds Announces Adjustments to Mitigation Efforts

​Effective September 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through September 20, 2020, bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries and night clubs can reopen in the four counties of Black Hawk, Dallas, Linn and Polk. The full proclamation also removes restrictions o…
Effective September 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. through September 20, 2020, bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries and night clubs can reopen in the four counties of Black Haw……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/09/governor-reynolds-announces-adjustments-mitigation-efforts

Iowa Department of Revenue Extends Tax Payment Deadlines for Certain Businesses

On August 27, 2020 the Iowa Department of Revenue extended tax payment deadlines for certain businesses. The extension is a result of Order 2020-04, signed by Director of Revenue Kraig Paulsen, which provides flexibility for certain businesses disrupted b…
Friday - 08/28/2020 On August 27, 2020 the Iowa Department of Revenue extended tax payment deadlines for certain businesses. The extension is a result of Order 2020-04, signed by……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/08/iowa-department-revenue-extends-tax-payment-deadlines-certain-businesses

Financial Assistance for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by the Derecho Storm

​The year 2020 has become a year to once again remind us that emergencies and disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Employers and their workers may be required to deal with an emergency when it is least expected, and proper planning is necessary …
The year 2020 has become a year to once again remind us that emergencies and disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. Employers and their workers may be required to deal wit……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/09/financial-assistance-businesses-and-individuals-impacted-derecho-storm

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