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November 23, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

A Major Capital Investment and Hundreds of New Jobs Headed to Williamsburg

​Williamsburg Manufacturing, which produces numerous high quality vehicle components, is adding a new product line and making a $46 million capital facility upgrade in the p...

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November 23, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

$1.5M in State Money Awarded to Cedar Rapids Downtown Housing Projects

​Two downtown housing projects received a major funding boost from the State of Iowa when the Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded redevelopment tax credits last mont...

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October 18, 2021 | Business Support

LFS Classes of 2022 Off to a Busy Start

​All three of the Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Classes of 2022 are off to a sprinting start! Each group is eager and excited to learn more about the community they live...

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October 18, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

Workforce: Ideas to Navigate This Challenging Landscape

​Workforce is the hot topic these days with businesses struggling to find qualified workers to fill many open positions. Recently, Dr. Kim Becicka, retired Vice President o...

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September 30, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

Celebrating the Expansion of a Long-Standing International Business in Our Community

​It’s easy to take for granted at times our long-standing history with international manufacturing and forget the important legacy we have right here in Cedar Rapids that ...

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July 28, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

Renewable Energy Considerations Impact Economic Development

​On a global level, the business debate over environmental responsibility or ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is becoming readily visible on Wall Street. Recent ne...

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July 28, 2021 | Community Development

Stronger Together: “We Are CR” Mural

​Our community and nation have been through much tragedy and tumult over the past 18 months, but during these tough times our community put its differences aside so that we ...

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July 28, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2021 Built and Delivered Beds for Kids in Need as Part of Their Final Project

The Leadership For Five Seasons (LFS) Adult Class of 2021 completed their class project by assisting with a “build and deliver day” for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Sleep in H...

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July 28, 2021 | Community Development

Cedar Rapids Lights Up With Façade Improvements

​Each year, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance facilitates a façade improvement program intended to encourage property and business owners within the Downtown Self-Su...

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June 30, 2021 | Economic Development & Workforce

Analysis on Iowa’s Population Growth

​The recent 2020 Census figures show Iowa’s population at 3,190,369, having grown 4.7% over the last decade. At first glance this seems like a reasonable rate of growth fo...

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June 30, 2021 | Community Development

Downtown SSMID Unveils Fresh New Look

​The Downtown Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) recently debuted a fresh, new look for Downtown Cedar Rapids. The new branding conveys energy and forward...

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May 25, 2021 | Community Development

Buying Local: Business to Business

​The Economic Alliance aims to increase business-to-business local spending and throughout this year will feature the services of member businesses and the economic impact c...

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May 25, 2021 | Business Support

Quarterly Economic Development Programs Introduce Emerging Business Trends

​The Economic Alliance’s mission is to drive economic, workforce and population growth strategies, and to help businesses succeed. We set a strategic goal in 2021 to suppo...

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November 18, 2020 | Economic Development

Cedar Rapids Area Projects Awarded Nearly One-third of $10M Brownfield/Grayfield Funding

The Brownfield/Grayfield Redevelopment Tax Credits Program, awarded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority, offers sites the ability to transform into a new or repurposed ...

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September 18, 2020 | Economic Development & Workforce

General Mills Plans Business Expansion in Cedar Rapids

​General Mills received approval from the Iowa Economic Development Authority on August 21, 2020 for a $37M expansion project at their Cedar Rapids facility. This project w...

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