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Frozen March

March 1, 2022 | Business Support

Frozen March: A Celebration of Our Region’s Frozen Food Manufacturers

A chilly February has passed and everyone is looking forward to thawing out as we welcome spring in just a few short weeks. As a matter of fact, March could be renamed to ‘F...

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February 28, 2022 | Business Support

A Solid Team Builds a Strong Foundation for 50 Years

​Creating a solid foundation is at the core of everything Garling Construction, Inc. does. From bringing together a melting pot of people from all over the state to create a...

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Restaurant Week Pasta

February 24, 2022 | Business Support

Cedar Rapids Restaurant Week Kicks Off to Rave Reviews

​The moment you and your taste buds have been waiting for is nearly here! The Economic Alliance is thrilled to bring you the 10th Annual Restaurant Week that runs from Frida...

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February 24, 2022 | Membership

Now, Where Were We?

You know how a conversation, task or errand can get interrupted by something out of the blue? You drop everything and your full attention goes to solving an unexpected and urg...

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February 24, 2022 | Business Support

Business Resources and Support Efforts are a Year-Round Affair

The Economic Alliance is dedicated to creating a strong business environment supporting all employers. Through networking, business support and professional development progra...

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February 24, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Workforce Solutions Come to Fruition

​Earlier this year the Reynolds’ Administration awarded another $1.4 million in grants to employers and partner organizations launching projects that provide training and ...

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January 28, 2022 | Business Support

LFS: All in the Family

​The Economic Alliance’s Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) program runs in the family for some. Over the years, different generations of families have enrolled in various ...

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January 28, 2022 | Public Policy

Public Policy Priorities Revealed

​In December, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Business Partnership announced our 2022 public policy priorities for the ICR region. After months o...

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December 21, 2021 | Business Support

Last Minute Buy Local Gift Ideas

Economic Alliance unveils "Our Favorite Things" - A Business List for Last Minute Gift Buying...

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Let's Rally buy give grow

December 16, 2021 | Business Support

Buy. Give. Grow. – A Community Effort to Keep Things Local This Holiday Season

Buy. Give. Grow. highlights 15 selected businesses and organizations and the unique products and services they bring to our area. We ask that you consider these places to dona...

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Leadership for five season

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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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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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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August 20, 2018 | Leadership for Five Seasons

Leadership Component Reimagined for Adult Class of 2019

​Each August, 35 of the best and brightest leaders in our community embark on a ten-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons Adult program. Leadership for Five...

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