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November 18, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

State Gives Final Approval for Convergen Energy

​During its meeting today, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board unanimously approved a financial incentive package for Convergen Energy to operate a new manu...

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November 14, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

We’re All in This Together – Our Towns

In late October, I had the privilege to play tour guide for authors Jim and Deb Fallows for two days during their first visit to Cedar Rapids. While the Fallows’ have had i...

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November 9, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Cedar Rapids Metro Gaining National and International Attention for Business Attraction Projects

2022 has been a monumental year for economic development in the community. The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance has responded to 22 request for proposals (RFP) in the past...

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November 4, 2022 | Business Support

Local Company Helps Clients Go Green

​We all strive to be environmentally responsible throughout our lives. We recycle. We compost. We conserve energy. AMTek Microwaves, located in southwest Cedar Rapids, he...

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October 27, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Nearly $235 Million of Capital Investments Coming to the Cedar Rapids Metro After State Money Awards Announced

​Fifteen Cedar Rapids metro projects received major funding boosts from the state of Iowa as the Iowa Economic Development Authority has announced over $11 million for redev...

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October 24, 2022 | Business Support

Discussions Around DEI Remain Top of Mind for the ICR Region

When diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are ingrained in a society’s core, it’s a win for everyone. An equitable business community not only makes the local economy str...

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October 12, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Thinking About What Matters

​Brain drain - the departure of our college graduates to other states – isn’t anything new. We’ve read about, try to recruit against it, and promote the benefits of st...

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September 26, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Engaging Young Professional in the Community…It’s Easy!

​Getting your young professional employees involved in the community is a key retention tool for the Cedar Rapids metro area. ImpactCR is a great place for your employees to...

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September 26, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Department of Health and Human Services Announce Another Round of Funding for Child Care Business Incentive Grants

The Economic Alliance team hears regularly from our members about their workforce challenges, and that includes access to child care that create barriers for working parents. ...

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September 14, 2022 | Community Development

Big Little City for Your Housing Investment

​Moving to a new city is a life changing decision. Whether it’s for a new career opportunity or to move closer to family, investing in a home can be a big risk. The Cedar ...

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August 30, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Welcoming refugees essential to Iowa’s economic future

Though it’s a long drive on I-80 between Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, our regional economies face many of the same challenges and opportunities. Iowans are working an...

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August 23, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Ignite ICR Wraps For 2022 With Glowing Reviews & Great Connections

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Iowa City Area Development Group’s joint young professionals initiative, Ignite ICR, wrapped its third season this past July wit...

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ICR Iowa Talent Hub

August 11, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

The Perfect Intersection for your Talent Hunt

​The ICR (Iowa City- Cedar Rapids) region is the perfect intersection of career opportunities and quality of life. Cedar Rapids has an established and growing manufacturing ...

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July 27, 2022 | Community Development

Nearly One in Five Farmers Market Vendors Started After the Pandemic

​The Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market can be the door for entrepreneurs to kickstart their passions and new business ideas. Economic downturns such as the 2020 COVID-19 ...

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July 12, 2022 | Community Development

The Downtown Farmers Market Tradition Spans 17 Years for 7 Vendors

​With a legacy spanning nearly two decades, the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market has been etched into hearts and souls of the local community. While there are new faces ...

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