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Guest Column: Incentives Promote Growth and Opportunity

Iowa businesses are hurting. With the obstacles of 2020, plus an economy that was already showing signs of challenging times to come, many businesses were left to slow down or worse, shut down.
This guest column originally appeared in The Gazette and was authored by: Kim Casko, Iowa City Area Business Partnership Kate Moreland, Iowa City Area Development Group Doug Neum……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/02/guest-column-incentives-promote-growth-and-opportunity

A New Way to Advocate

​This legislative session promises to be another unique session. Not only have legislators had to rethink how they legislate due to the coronavirus, but we too have had to rethink how we advocate to have the metro area business voice continue to be heard …
This legislative session promises to be another unique session. Not only have legislators had to rethink how they legislate due to the coronavirus, but we too have had to rethink ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/02/new-way-advocate

Preparing Iowa's Manufacturing for the Future

​Businesses from all industries have been impacted by COVID-19 and will need long-term support and innovative solutions to recover. We must prepare for an ever-changing future full of unexpected challenges. The manufacturing industry has made vital co…
Businesses from all industries have been impacted by COVID-19 and will need long-term support and innovative solutions to recover. We must prepare for an ever-changing future full……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/preparing-iowas-manufacturing-future

We Can Close the Workforce Gap

Despite how it may feel, COVID-19 has not changed everything. For years, workforce challenges have been a top concern for Iowa’s business leaders. Now our economic recovery hinges on getting our workforce back to work with the skills to tackle new challen…
This guest column originally appeared in The Gazette, written by: Kim Casko, Iowa City Area Business Partnership Kate Moreland, Iowa City Area Development Doug Neumann, Cedar R……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/we-can-close-workforce-gap

Child Care Issues and Solutions

​The Women’s Recession; sometimes referred to as the “Shecession” is real. According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 2.3 million women have left the labor force since the start of the pandemic, bringing the women’s labor force down to a 33 year…
The Women’s Recession; sometimes referred to as the “Shecession” is real. According to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), 2.3 million women have left the labor force since th……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/child-care-issues-and-solutions

The Time is Now for Immigration Reform

​There are over 3,700 DACA-eligible immigrants living and working in Iowa who’ve only known the U.S. as home. They are an integral part of our workforce, which already faces shortages. We must use all tools available to us to keep and build our workforce.…
There are over 3,700 DACA-eligible immigrants living and working in Iowa who’ve only known the U.S. as home. They are an integral part of our workforce, which already faces shorta……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/03/time-now-immigration-reform

President's Trade Agenda Released

The Economic Alliance has long supported free and fair-trade agreements to promote Iowa’s economy. Iowa businesses, including many within our region, have a vested interest in international trade policies due to the dominance of the manufacturing, agricul…
The Economic Alliance has long supported free and fair-trade agreements to promote Iowa’s economy. Iowa businesses, including many within our region, have a vested interest in in……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/presidents-trade-agenda-released

Encouraging Civil Debate & Leading By Example

​Each year the Economic Alliance leadership strategizes plans for the upcoming year. Various aspects come into play as we develop our goals and tactics. We start with our members’ needs, driven by Innovation Council and Policy Board members, then look at …
Each year the Economic Alliance leadership strategizes plans for the upcoming year. Various aspects come into play as we develop our goals and tactics. We start with our members’……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/encouraging-civil-debate-leading-example

Iowa's Businesses Need Immigration Reform

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two landmark pieces of immigration legislation: The Dream and Promise Act and The Farm Workforce Modernization Act. As these bills move to the U.S. Senate for consideration, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) b…
The following is an op-ed article featured in The Gazette on 4/18/2021. Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed two landmark pieces of immigration legislation: The Dr……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2021/05/iowas-businesses-need-immigration-reform

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