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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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City Market

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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Image with text Nearly one in five farmers market vendors started after the pandemic

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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How we are supporting local this weekend

July 6, 2022 | Business Support

How We Are Supporting Local This Weekend Ft. Eric Van Kerckhove

Weekend itineraries featuring great Cedar Rapids area restaurants, shopping, recreation, arts and culture and more! Thanks to GreenState Credit Union, Buy Local Presenting Spo...

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Child Care Wins - Local

July 6, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Child Care Wins – Local Businesses and Organizations Provide Innovative Solutions

​Childcare. A powerful word that carries immense importance to families and the workforce across the nation. For independence, productivity and peace of mind for parents ...

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Leadership For Five Seasons

June 9, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Celebrating 40 Years of Connecting Community Leaders – Leadership for Five Seasons

Nearly 1,400 business professionals have passed through the Leadership for Five Seasons program gaining life long skills that benefits them personally and professionally. The ...

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Race for the space

June 6, 2022 | Downtown Cedar Rapids

Building Momentum in Cedar Rapids with “Race for the Space”

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance launched a program dubbed, Race for the Space earlier this spring. It’s a business competition designed to support a startup, second...

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CG Crystal

May 27, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today – Crystal Group Receives Manufacturing 4.0 Grant

Offering integrated solutions that are tailored to meet the exact needs of clients, Crystal Group incorporates emerging technologies, cybersecurity, environmental performance ...

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May 20, 2022 | Business Support

Support Local Eateries and Servers this National Waitstaff Day

​Whether you're dining out for a weekend brunch or celebrating special occasions with your loved ones, the people who make these treasured outings that much more enjoyable a...

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Image with text Are You Wired For Quality

May 18, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Wired for Quality Growth – Timberline Manufacturing Receives Manufacturing 4.0 Grant

​Employee-owned, quality-focused, future-driven. Timberline Manufacturing prides itself on being hyper-focused on a strong foundational message - “How do we GROW?” The s...

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Sustainable Economy & Transportation Conference

May 18, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Alliant Energy, the city of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Host Sustainable Economy & Transportation Conference May 24-25

Alliant Energy, the city of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance are hosting the Sustainable Economy & Transportation Conference, Tuesday, May 24 and Wedn...

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May 16, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Cedar Rapids Getting Global Attention for Serious Expansions

​The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and there’s a sense of growth in the air as we try to shake off cooler weather, but for the Economic Development (ED) tea...

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May 12, 2022 | Economic Development & Workforce

Young Professionals Connect with Reasons to Stay in ICR Iowa Post-Graduation

​In March a group of students from Coe College, with interests in political science, economics, accounting, and business administration, among other fields, joined Economic ...

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