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Economic Development & Workforce

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. â€...

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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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ICR Iowa Talent Hub Illustration

May 3, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce

A Workforce Pipeline Just for You

Having access to quality workforce resources can be an instrumental benefit to future business success. That’s why the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (Economic Allianc...

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Christina Jones, ICR Boomerang

April 5, 2023 | Business Support, Economic Development & Workforce, Live Here

CR Native Returns To Corridor for Unexpected Opportunity

Sometimes, you really don’t know what you’ve got until you’re gone. And when the right opportunity pops up, you come back! Christina Jones was living in Colorado Springs...

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Cedar Ridge

March 10, 2023 | Buy 319, Membership

One Change Equates to a Big Difference – Supporting 319 Fills Cedar Ridge’s Cup

When opportunities arose to take their products international, Jamie Siefken, General Manager and Executive VP at Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery, knew staying true to their...

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Midwest Metal Products

March 10, 2023 | Economic Development & Workforce, Uncategorized

Manufacturing 4.0 Applications Are Open

Manufacturing 4.0 grant applications opened for 2023 on March 1. These grants provide opportunities that encourage innovation through funding businesses and organizations that...

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