Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting attendees

The Economic Alliance’s Annual Meeting is the organization’s signature event where valued members businesses and regional champions attend to celebrate achievements and learn about the organization’s goals for the year ahead.

Economic Alliance 2018 Annual Meeting

January 24, 2019
Doors open at 11 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 11:30

DoubleTree by Hilton
350 First Ave., Cedar Rapids

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As a legacy organization of the Economic Alliance, we've honored the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce's 100th Anniversary throughout 2018. The celebration will continue during the Annual Meeting as attendees will hear from identified businesses and business leaders representing our business community's rich history and past. These featured speakers will bring to life their unique business stories within the Cedar Rapids community from 1918 to present. Each business will represent a specific decade and focus on how the economy has changed over time to the climate it is today.

Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award

Howard Hall, the namesake of this award, was an industrialist and philanthropist who used his influence to create a better local economy and community. Mr. Hall was dedicated to the development of our region and frequently worked behind the scenes to attract new businesses and jobs. We benefit from the many contributions of the Hall Family today, and celebrate the legacy by awarding one recipient each year at the Economic Alliance annual meeting.

The nominations for this award have now closed.

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Economic Alliance 2017 Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the over 1,000 members who attended the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Annual Meeting! Here are some 2017 achievements we celebrated:

New Membership Value Proposition

With this newly adjusted lens, we helped members GROW their business, CONNECT with resources and business leaders, DEVELOP their teams and community leaders and BUILD our region, workforce, economy and quality of life.

Leadership Appointments

In May 2017, we simultaneously announced Doug Neumann to lead the Economic Alliance and Jennifer Daly to lead the regional organization, Cedar Rapids Iowa City Corridor Development.

Shattered Membership Engagement Goal

We aimed for 75% of our members participating in at least one program, event, service, project, committee or substantive one-on-one discussion with our staff. We shattered this goal and reached 93% member engagement!

Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award

Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award winner, Tony Golobic, Chairman & CEO of GreatAmericaTony Golobic, Chairman & CEO of GreatAmerica Financial Services received this year's Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award. Although he wasn't able to accept his award in person, his son Martin Golobic accepted on his behalf.

To honor his story, we were granted special permission from Tony and GreatAmerica to show a very personal video to the attendees of our Annual Meeting. We sincerely appreciate knowing more about this amazing local business leader. Congratulations Tony!

Annual Report

In this Annual Report, we showcase our work from 2017. Click the image below to read it now!

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Thank you to our presenting sponsor, U.S. Bank.

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