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Economic Alliance Team at Annual Meeting

What We Do

Strategically growing the region while supporting our businesses and people

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Open For Business. Welcome is Our Language.

At the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, our mission is to drive economic, workforce and population growth strategies, and to help businesses succeed. Diversity, equity and inclusion are ingrained in our purpose of creating meaningful connections. An inclusive, equitable business community makes our local economy strong, and a diverse workforce fuels belonging, openness, and innovation.

Sprawling outdoor venue with lawn seating at the McGrath Amphitheater


Envision East Central Iowa

We strongly believe in a regional approach to growth and development. Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa were founded by innovators and business leaders who liked to think big. This plan seeks to further what our forefathers started: growth with investment in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.

The CRMEA office building in downtown Cedar Rapids


Economic Alliance in 2024

Each year, with guidance from our boards, councils, members and our staff, the Economic Alliance identifies an action plan for the year ahead.