Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Stage in 2018

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

2019 Annual Meeting - Register Now!

January 29, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

U.S. Cellular Convention Center
370 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

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

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Thank you to our supporting sponsor, TrueNorth Companies.

Howard Hall Excellence in Business Nominations Open Now

The Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award is the single highest honor the Economic Alliance bestows each year and is presented during the Annual Meeting. The award honors one recipient who exemplifies the outstanding, enduring business values of Howard Hall and his passion for a vibrant Cedar Rapids. This award recognizes a business leader who is integral to the success of the membership and our region. Nominations will be accepted through December 2, 2019. Click here to learn more and make a nomination today.

2018 Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the nearly 1,000 members who joined us for our signature event, the Annual Meeting. In case you missed it, we celebrated 2018 accomplishments and shared what our members can expect of us in 2019.

Reflecting on 2018 Accomplishments

Championing business expansions with Building to a Billion and Beyond, advocating for workforce development advancements like Future Ready Iowa, developing tomorrow's community leaders through Leadership for Five Seasons and highlighting the importance of buying local with
Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here were a few of the ways we moved the needle last year towards our vision to become the top economic growth region in the country. More on our work and accomplishments in 2018 can be found in our 2018 Annual Report.

Our Business Community Through the Generations

The Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, one of our legacy organizations, celebrated a centennial in 2018. To commemorate this, four business leaders from UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids, CRST International, Inc., Quaker Oats and Tallgrass Business Resources took the stage to share their organization's rich histories.

A Strategic Vision for 2019

Moving forward, our mission statement is: the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance drives economic, workforce and population growth strategies and helps businesses succeed. At today's Annual Meeting we shared our 2019 Strategic Plan. The Plan identifies the primary focus for each of our four core functions - Business Support, Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce and Public Policy. Each focus includes three strategies that will help us make progress on our mission. Read the Plan here.

Larry Helling Accepts 2018 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award

Larry Helling, Founder & CEO, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, accepted the 2018 Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award. Within his 30 years of banking experience, Larry has not only positively impacted the community banking industry in a very powerful way, but is also seen as a community advocate and leader.

The award is given to a premier business leader who exemplifies the outstanding, enduring business values of Howard Hall and his passion for a vibrant Cedar Rapids.

ICR FUTURE: High School Internship Pledge

Go to ICR Future website

Only 1 in 4 high school students in our region are getting an internship or job shadow opportunity. There are nearly 16,000 junior and seniors in our region that are eligible for work-based learning. In an effort to develop and grow our future workforce ICR Future would like to increase the job shadow and internship opportunities in our region by 650 over the next two years.

We asked employers at our Annual Meeting to pledge their commitment to help build the future workforce by providing job shadows and internships for high school students. You can also pledge online at and watch this video for more information.

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