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September 19, 2023 | Public Policy

Public Policy Update: Regional Business Community Calls for More Representation on State Boards and Commissions

The Economic Alliance, along with our partners at the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, support the efforts of the Boards and Commissions Review Committee to make our state...

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September 14, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development


Fall is in the air with cooler temps and smells of pumpkin lattes! The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is offering a fall guide of our favorite things to do in this area ...

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New Leader Manufacturing, Weld Apprenticeship Program

September 7, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce, Member Stories, Uncategorized

Creating Pathways to Success

In an inspiring move to address the workforce gap and promote the skilled trades, New Leader Manufacturing (NLM) has launched an innovative Youth Registered Weld Apprenticeshi...

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Affordable Housing in Iowa

September 1, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Rooted in Community: Affordable Housing in Iowa

In today's competitive market for workforce , the demand for affordable housing has never been more critical. It is not just a matter of providing shelter; it's about empoweri...

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Trees Forever

August 31, 2023 | Live Here

Storm Devastation Draws Talent to Help Regrow & ReLeaf

“Ultimately, Cedar Rapids was where I felt I needed to be. I visited before the Derecho and after the Derecho, and seeing all the devastation following that disaster, it mad...

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August 30, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce

Cranes in the Sky – A Bird’s Eye View of Local Economic Development

Projects continue to make progress in the Cedar Rapids Metro, and those project sites are dotted with cranes in the sky. Those large pieces of machinery may temporarily block ...

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Hailey Feature Image

August 9, 2023 | Live Here

Hailey’s Journey Back to Cedar Rapids

Have you ever felt that tug in your heart, calling you back to where you belong? Well, that's precisely what happened to Hailey Held, employee at the local Raygun. After a thr...

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August 4, 2023 | Community Development

Unsung Heroes of the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market

The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market has become a staple in the city’s summertime experience. On Saturday mornings during the season, thousands of people gather and roam...

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Julie Stow Boomerang

August 1, 2023 | Live Here

Love at First Sight Turns Into a Long Term Commitment to Community

When Julie Stow first came to Cedar Rapids 25 years ago, she was reluctant. She was a native Californian living in Santa Barbara staring at the ocean. She was working at Nords...

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Public Policy Update

July 14, 2023 | Public Policy

Public Policy Update: New Law Expands Workforce Options

State Policy Update On July 1st, many bills that were passed during the 2023 legislative session officially became law. A top question we have received on the new laws relates...

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NewBo City Market

July 10, 2023 | Business Support, Community Development

NewBo City Market Brings Produce-Focused Farmers Market to the Community

NewBo City Market has added a new initiative to its market experience that brings more locally produced food to the Cedar Rapids community. The Farmers at the Market program i...

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2023 Graduates' Workforce Priorities

June 30, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce

2023 Graduates’ Workplace Priorities

Recent graduate Madeline Ward, from the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa, has experienced a profound shift in her workplace priorities, mirroring the senti...

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MedQuarter Regional Medical District

June 29, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce

Discover the MedQuarter Regional Medical District: A Hub of Health Care Excellence

MedQ Aerial Courtesy Amperage Nestled in the heart of Cedar Rapids lies a vibrant and innovative community dedicated to health care, convenience and quality of life. The MedQu...

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June 16, 2023 | Business Support, Economic Development & Workforce

Leadership For Five Seasons 2023 Class Makes Impactful Donation To Two Local Nonprofits

The Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Class of 2023 capped off their successful year of leadership education and community betterment projects with a check presentation to Fou...

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Public Policy Update

June 16, 2023 | Public Policy

Public Policy Update: Regional Business Leaders Return to DC to Advocate

Federal Policy Update It’s been nearly a decade and a half since the regional business community traveled together to DC to speak to elected officials on Capitol Hill. Altho...

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