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Economic Development & Workforce

June 3, 2024 | Economic Development & Workforce

Collaborative Growth Partners Seek Director

The area’s Collaborative Growth Initiative will take another step forward with the launch this week of a search for a full-time leader of the effort. The new director-level ...

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Evan McGuire, Colin Glandon, and Jennifar Bassett make up the Downtown Cedar Rapids team.

May 3, 2024 | Downtown Cedar Rapids

Downtown Team – Year Round Commitment

As you walk or drive through Downtown Cedar Rapids, you likely take some things for granted. Sidewalks being cleared of snow. Beautiful flowers planted in the spring. Festive ...

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Little Miss Finance

March 15, 2024 | Economic Development & Workforce, Member Stories

Little Miss Finance Cultivates Connections and Financial Education

Malia Gudenkauf, Founder of Little Miss Finance, came across her calling to become a financial educator after she graduated from college. ...

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Guide Wealth Partners

March 13, 2024 | Buy 319, Economic Development & Workforce

Not Too Small, Not Too Big, Cedar Rapids is Just Right

For nearly forty years, Guide Wealth Partners, formerly known as Securian Advisors MidAmerica, has been growing along with the Cedar Rapids metro community. Acting as a partne...

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November 21, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce

Innovating How the ICR Iowa Region Attracts Workforce

The ICR Iowa region has an innovative solution to helping solve talent attraction known as Talent Hub, which bridges the gap between skilled professionals and area businesses....

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November 14, 2023 | Member Stories, Membership

Saying ‘YES’ to Economic Alliance Opportunities Opens Doors

Craig Montz, a Business Group Leader for Miron Construction, has been a member of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance for 20 years. While he chose to become a member in l...

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Many Reasons to Support the Economic Alliance in Cedar Rapids

October 31, 2023 | Membership

There Are Many Reasons to Support the Economic Alliance

Ask Kevin Platz, CEO of the Cedar Rapids Area Association of REALTORS about the value of being a Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance member, and he’ll share a long list. ...

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MedQ Blog Feature

October 9, 2023 | Community Development, Economic Development & Workforce, Uncategorized

Beautification and Safety are Priorities for Cedar Rapids’ MedQuarter: A Vision of Excellence

In Cedar Rapids, an exciting transformation has been happening where both aesthetics and safety are being improved to create a welcoming community environment. The MedQuarter ...

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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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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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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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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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May 30, 2023 | Business Support, Economic Development & Workforce

At Mercy, Vision Becomes Reality

It’s an exciting time for the community when vision comes to life, especially when lives are enhanced in the process. It’s happening at Mercy Medical Center throughout the...

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First & First West

May 22, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce, Member Stories

1st & 1st West Project: Enhancing Our Community

A new skyline is beginning to take shape on the west side of the river in downtown Cedar Rapids. What was once a bare piece of land will soon blossom into a must-see attractio...

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