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Economic Development & Workforce

January 25, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Cedar Rapids Public Library Welcomes International Community with Online Service

According to the latest census data, nearly 7% of the population in Cedar Rapids was born outside of the United States. They help fill our workforce shortage and fuel our econ...

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November 18, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

State Gives Final Approval for Convergen Energy

​During its meeting today, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board unanimously approved a financial incentive package for Convergen Energy to operate a new manu...

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November 14, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

We’re All in This Together – Our Towns

In late October, I had the privilege to play tour guide for authors Jim and Deb Fallows for two days during their first visit to Cedar Rapids. While the Fallows’ have had i...

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November 9, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Cedar Rapids Metro Gaining National and International Attention for Business Attraction Projects

2022 has been a monumental year for economic development in the community. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has responded to 22 request for proposals (RFP) in the past...

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October 27, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Nearly $235 Million of Capital Investments Coming to the Cedar Rapids Metro After State Money Awards Announced

​Fifteen Cedar Rapids metro projects received major funding boosts from the state of Iowa as the Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced over $11 million for redev...

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October 12, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Thinking About What Matters

​Brain drain - the departure of our college graduates to other states – isn’t anything new. We’ve read about, try to recruit against it, and promote the benefits of st...

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September 26, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Engaging Young Professional in the Community…It’s Easy!

​Getting your young professional employees involved in the community is a key retention tool for the Cedar Rapids metro area. ImpactCR is a great place for your employees to...

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September 26, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Announce Another Round of Funding for Child Care Business Incentive Grants

The Economic Alliance team hears regularly from our members about their workforce challenges, and that includes access to child care that create barriers for working parents. ...

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August 30, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Welcoming refugees essential to Iowa’s economic future

Though it’s a long drive on I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, our regional economies face many of the same challenges and opportunities. Iowans are working an...

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August 23, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Ignite ICR Wraps For 2022 With Glowing Reviews & Great Connections

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Development Group’s joint young professionals initiative, Ignite ICR, wrapped its third season this past July wit...

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ICR Iowa Talent Hub

August 11, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

The Perfect Intersection for your Talent Hunt

​The ICR (Iowa City- Cedar Rapids) region is the perfect intersection of career opportunities and quality of life. Cedar Rapids has an established and growing manufacturing ...

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Child Care Wins - Local

July 6, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Child Care Wins – Local Businesses and Organizations Provide Innovative Solutions

​Childcare. A powerful word that carries immense importance to families and the workforce across the nation. For independence, productivity and peace of mind for parents ...

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Interns: Part of Community Change

June 30, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Economic Alliance Interns: Giving Young Professionals the Opportunity to be Part of Community Change

​Connecting the pieces to help solve workforce problems in our community is top of mind at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. Seeing our region vibrant, growing, and ...

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Leadership For Five Seasons

June 9, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Celebrating 40 Years of Connecting Community Leaders – Leadership for Five Seasons

Nearly 1,400 business professionals have passed through the Leadership for Five Seasons program gaining life long skills that benefits them personally and professionally. The ...

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May 27, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today – Crystal Group Receives Manufacturing 4.0 Grant

Offering integrated solutions that are tailored to meet the exact needs of clients, Crystal Group incorporates emerging technologies, cybersecurity, environmental performance ...

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