BUILDING TOWARD A BILLION
FIRST WORKSHOP ON FLOOD CONTROL SYSTEM GARNERS LARGE INTEREST
RUN CRANDIC RETURNS IN 2019 • LAUNCHING A REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA WITH
THE IOWA CITY AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR
Nov. 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Legacy Manufacturing Co.
6509 Partners Ave., Marion
Recruiting and Retaining
Dec. 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Community College
Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Dec. 11, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
501 First St. SE
ICR Legislative Launch
Dec. 13, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery
1441 Marak Rd. NW, Swisher
Jan. 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Doors open 11:00 a.m., Program at 11:30 a.m.
Doubletree by Hilton
350 First Ave. NE
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For our full Calendar of Events including
member events, visit www.cedarrapids.org.
Hiawatha Business Summit
Nov. 13 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha
Resolve to Transform Your
Dec. 4, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
501 First St. SE
BizMix Hosted by Hy-Vee
Dec. 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Building
50 2nd Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids
LFS Alumni Holiday Breakfast
Dec. 13, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Kirkwood Community College
Linn County Regional Center
1770 Boyson Rd. Hiawatha
AT THE FUTURE IN THE
MIDST OF END OF YEAR
GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALIST
CBJ ADVERTISING COORDINATOR
Corridor Business Journal
PRINTING & CIRCULATION
The Economic Alliance works on a calendar year, so this fourth quarter is a key time for setting 2019
goals, approving an annual budget, revisiting key ongoing programs, doing performance evaluations
of our Team, aligning their work with the overall goals of the organization, filling Board and Innovation
Council seats and determining volunteer leadership. It makes for long days, given we’re doing this on
top of our regular workload. But I find this to be a most energizing time. It’s the best chance we have
each year to recognize success, shore up deficiencies and imagine the future.
Strategic planning sessions that accompany this work can be so valuable. I’ve had the opportunity over
the past few weeks to spend some dedicated time with the Economic Alliance leadership team, the
ICR IOWA Team and the ICR IOWA Board which is composed of leaders from the Economic Alliance and
Iowa City Area Development Group. We’ve also held strategy sessions with all three of our Innovation
Councils, with some of you helping us look in focused ways at goals for Community Development,
Business Support and Economic Development. As business leaders know, it can be a valuable experience
to get off-site, have facilitated discussion and spend some extended “think time” working on the
business instead of in the business. And for us, working on the business means thinking about ways we
can help you - to grow the economy, to add workforce and to help your business succeed.
The series of strategy sessions in recent weeks reaffirm much of our focus for the next year, but there
are always new wrinkles to the playbook. These sessions provide an opportunity to look into the more
distant future and imagine how this region can lead a decade or two from now.
ON THE COVER
The Economic Alliance
recently created a new
opportunity for members
to connect, called Speed
Networking. This rapid-fire,
high-energy morning event
brought together nearly 100
professionals from across the
region. The first attempt at
this new style of networking
received positive feedback
and indicated great value to
participating members. Speed
Networking will return in
Spring & Fall 2019. Watch for
final dates and details soon!
In the here-and-now, workforce remains the No. 1 regional challenge and both ICR IOWA and the
Economic Alliance will have aggressive strategies to help move the dial on that. We’ll continue
traditional programs like Leadership for Five Seasons and ImpactCR, and you’ll see ongoing efforts to
engage the development and construction industries to ensure local labor gets as much work as possible
in our strong development economy and throughout the years-long construction of a $500M+ flood
protection system. We’re trying to raise consciousness about the benefits of buying local and supporting
small businesses. We see several public policy opportunities going into 2019. All of those things will
be publicized in greater detail in upcoming communications and events, culminating with our Annual
Meeting on January 24.
In imagining the more distant future, it’s hard not to be optimistic about the advantages Iowa can and
should be leveraging – natural resources, a productive workforce, an ideal geographic location, an
agricultural and manufacturing base that will be part of any future economy, opportunities to be leaders
in education and technology. The community leaders I’ve been honored to do strategic planning with
are all optimists about our future, and realists about the hard work that it’ll take to get there.
ECONOMIC ALLIANCE REPORT
LEADERS FROM OUR PAST PROVIDE
IMPACT YET TODAY
Margaret and Howard Hall’s philanthropic nature and influence on the industrial development of the Cedar
Rapids community is still evident today, and Howard Hall is well known as one of the most influential and
iconic leaders of the Cedar Rapids community’s past. Mr. Hall was an industrialist and philanthropist who used
his influence to create a better local economy and community. He was dedicated to the development of our
region and frequently worked behind the scenes to attract new businesses and jobs.
To honor his legacy, the Economic Alliance bestows the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award each year.
This award is the single highest honor at the Economic Alliance and is presented during the Annual Meeting.
The award honors one recipient who exemplifies the outstanding, enduring business values of Howard Hall
and his passion for a vibrant Cedar Rapids. This award recognizes a business leader who is integral to the
success of the membership and our region.
Nominations are open for one of today’s business leaders to be recognized and can be made on the Economic
Alliance’s website, www.cedarrapids.org, through December 3. Award selection is made by a Selection
Committee comprised of large investors and community leaders, including the Economic Alliance Executive
Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award Winner History
2000 - Alliant Energy, accepted by Jim Hoffman
2001 - Quaker Oats, accepted by Roger Vincent
2002 - JCPenneys, accepted by Daniel McElwain
2003 - Justice Electric Company, accepted by Dave Justice
2004 - Mary Quass, New Radio Group LLC
2005 - Cedar Graphics, accepted by Hassan & Salma Igram
2006 - Worley Warehousing, accepted by Brandt Worley
2007 - Diamond V Mills, accepted by John Bloomhall
2008 - The Entire Cedar Rapids Community (after Flood of 2008), accepted by Jack Evans,
President of The Hall Perrine Foundation
2009 – No record of Award
2010 - AegonUSA
2011 - Rockwell Collins
2012 – No Award given this year due to merger and creation of EA
2013 - Pat Baird of AegonUSA, Clay Jones of Rockwell Collins, John and Dyan Smith of CRST
2014 - Tom Aller of Alliant Energy and Kyle Skogman of Skogman Realty
2015 - Jack Evans, Hall Perrine Foundation and Steve Caves, U.S. Bank
2016 – Chuck Hammond, Raining Rose
2017 - Tony Golobic, GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation
Additionally, registration is now open for the Economic Alliance’s Annual Meeting. Our signature event where
valued member businesses and regional champions come together to celebrate achievements and learn about
the organization’s goals for the year ahead will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the DoubleTree
by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., with the program beginning promptly
at 11:30 a.m.
Not only will the Howard Hall Excellence in Business Award be presented during the Annual Meeting, but
we’ll also continue to honor the Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Anniversary, as we have
throughout 2018. Attendees will hear from identified businesses and business leaders representing our
business community’s rich history and past. These featured speakers will bring to life their unique business
stories within the Cedar Rapids community from 1918 to present. Each business will represent a specific
decade and focus on how the economy has changed over time to the climate it is today.
We appreciate the partnership of The History Center and their assistance in the development of this
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Thanks to our
FIRST WORKSHOP ON FLOOD CONTROL
SYSTEM GARNERS LARGE INTEREST
FROM BUILDING COMMUNITY
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the City of All construction, contractors, building
Cedar Rapids, and the US Army Corps of Engineers are trades, suppliers and dealers are
invited to this special educational
first of a
tailored to those
The Economic Alliance, presentation the City to of learn Cedar more Rapids about and the
Flood. who Historic will play Recovery. a key Historic role in Build, building kicked off new with segments U.S. of Army Corps upcoming of Engineers biddable partnered projects to provide related this
170 permanent attendees representing flood protection 107 organizations over the in the next several workshop. years. Feedback to the is being Flood gathered Control System. from those who
construction, contractoring, building trades and other attended to gauge the most sought-after information that
related sectors who will play a key role in building new can be presented at future workshops.
segments of permanent flood protection in our community.
BUSINESS RETENTION & EXPANSION
The series aims to keep as much of the $550M worth
of ATTENDEES work with WILL local companies LEARN: as possible by ensuring
all organizations interested in bidding on this project
• Schedule and overview of expected work
are certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and by
• How to bid on Federal projects
educating organizations on the various components, scope
and • Key schedule differences of the project between with City pre-launch projects meetings and Federal prior projects
to • bids Government being released. contracting The October specifics 11 workshop covered
information on biddable projects related to the Flood
Control Speakers System. include Following representatives the workshop, from attendees the City of had the
opportunity Cedar Rapids, to network the US Army and build Corps connections. of Engineers,
and the Economic Alliance.
This marks the largest infrastructure project in Cedar Rapids
since the construction of Interstate 380, and represents
a significant economic impact on the area economy. The
Historic Build effort is focused on outreach, education and
engagement, so that as much of this project to protect
the east and west sides of core districts from Cedar River
flooding can be done by local companies and by local
date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
time: 2:30 - 4:30 PM
Presentation • 2:30-3:30
Networking • 3:30-4:30
location: Economic Alliance
501 1 st St SE, Cedar Rapids
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Presentation • 6:30-7:30
Networking • 7:30-8:30
please rsvp to either workshop at:
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BUILDING TOWARD A BILLION
BUSINESS RETENTION & EXPANSION
“A rising tide lifts all boats” is one phrase often used to describe
economic development projects - both with existing business
expansion and new business attraction. Growth projects create
jobs and bring capital investment, ultimately flowing more
dollars into our economy. Every project is cause for celebration.
Last month in the EA Report, we communicated a revised
outlook and strategy for celebrating expansion projects, and
this month we’re sharing some examples of those projects, as
we continue to build a list of investments that will near a billion
dollars in our community by 2020.
Existing businesses represent some of our largest potential
for economic growth. Business expansion projects can mean
building out an existing location, creating new jobs within a
current facility or building a second location in the area.
Driving around the Cedar Rapids metro, it’s impossible to not
see signs of growth like construction sites and renderings for
new or enhanced buildings. You hear about growth projects
when they’re announced in our communications, local media
and on social media. But to be able to see them all in one place
is impressive and shows the health of our economy and that’s
the goal we’re currently working toward.
The Economic Alliance strives to be at the forefront of
expansion information. Creating an exhaustive list of business
expansion projects can be difficult as it is ever-changing, but
with your help we’ll be able to better track this growth. If you
would like to make sure we add your project to our growing
list, or would like a celebratory banner or a yard sign for your
expansion project, please contact Business Retention and
Expansion Strategist, Ron Corbett at email@example.com.
Within the next few months we are working with our partners
like the Eastern Iowa Airport, City of Cedar Rapids, HEDCO,
MEDCO, Benton Development Group, Jones County Economic
Development, Iowa County Economic Development and
more to solidify this project list and create a brochure to help
communicate the growth in our area. The following is a list of
active economic development projects and their investment
amounts, as of our Report print deadline date of October 31.
Watch for more to come as this list to grows and expands!
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Current Examples of Projects
Clickstop 2016 $6M
Prospect Meadows 2016 $13.6M
United Fire Group 2016 $33M
Compass Memorial Hospital 2017 $27M
GLD / Kinseth Hotels 2017 $6.6M
Marion Process Solutions 2017 $1.8M
Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (Phase 2) 2017 $28M
The National II 2017 $5.9M
1825 LLC 2018 $2M
Collins Community Credit Union 2018 $46M
H&V Development 2018 $6M
Hiawatha Library 2018 $4.1M
Hidden Creek Development 2018 $33M
Linn County Health Building 2018 $31M
McGrath 2018 $6.5 M
Skogman Headquarters 2018 $11M
SOKO Outfitters 2018 $600,000
Transamerica 2018 $40M
Guaranty Bank Building 2019 $50.8M
Hotel Millwright 2019 $15.4M
Linn County Legacy Project 2019 $40M
NewBo Partners 2019 $20M
Grand Living 2016 $32M
The Gardens CCRC 2016 $16M
500 on First 2017 $3.8M
Commonbond - Cedar Crest Apts 2017 $9.1M
Cypress Pointe Apartments 2017 $9.7M
Ellis Landings 2017 $6.5M
Kingston Family Apartments 2017 $10.8M
Kingston Landing 2017 $12M
NewBo Development Group 2017 $3.3M
Redstone Apartments 2017 $2M
Anthony Properties 2018 $23M
Dows Opportunity 2018 $6M
Ellis Commons 2018 $2.5M
Kingston Quarters 2018 $4.2M
Sonoma Square 2018 $7.2M
TWG Developers 2018 $19.2M
Diamond V Mills (Phase 2) 2016 $27.45M
Crystal Group 2017 $20.85M
Frontier Natural Products 2017 $3.38M
Highway Equipment 2017 $3.3M
Legacy Manufacturing 2017 $14.3M
Lil’ Drug Store 2017 $12M
Atlantic Drive 2018 $2.3M
Freund-Vector Corporation 2018 $6.5M
GLD Commercial 2018 $10M
LeSaffre Blending Facility 2018 $12M
Timberline Manufacturing 2018 $12.8M
Van Meter Industrial 2018 $4.7M
World Class Industries 2018 $8M
*As of Oct. 31 print deadline - More to come! ECONOMIC ALLIANCE REPORT 7
‘TIS THE SEASON
TO SHOP LOCALLY
With Election Day barely in our rear-view mirror, holiday
shopping season is within view. The official kick-off to the
shopping season has traditionally been the Friday after
Thanksgiving. Prior to Election Day, you heard from politicians,
friends, and even us that every vote counts and your voice is
important. Much like how your vote counts, so do your dollars.
Did you know that each dollar you spend locally returns an
average of 3x more to the local community than buying
elsewhere? This recirculation translates to more jobs, business
expansion, greater quality of life and more. This is the driving
factor in our Buy Local initiative, Buy Here, Give Here, Grow
The first component of the initiative, Buy Here, highlights 12
local businesses from the Cedar Rapids metro area to show the
quality goods and services available here locally.
At www.cedarrapids.org/business-resources/buy-here, you’ll
find full features on each of the 12 businesses, paired with the
importance of buying local.
Look for Buy Here, Give Here, Grow Here messages in
Economic Alliance communications and beyond, thanks to our
Media Sponsors, The Gazette, KGAN/CBS2 Iowa and Z102.9.
Follow along on social media and share your stories of buying,
giving and growing locally with #BuyGiveGrowHere.
On Saturday, November 24, shoppers across the nation will
patronize small and locally owned businesses for Small Business
Saturday. We encourage you to spend the day shopping and
dining locally and end the festivities at the City of Cedar Rapids’
tree lighting in Greene Square in Downtown Cedar Rapids. Hear
from City officials and Economic Alliance representatives and
feel the holiday cheer, with the lighting taking place at 5:30 p.m.
Give Here recognizes many of the local non-profits that have
a hand in solving one of the most pressing issues in the region:
workforce availability. Non-profits like the Cedar Rapids Public
Library Foundation, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa,
Goodwill of the Heartland and others are developing and
upskilling today and tomorrow’s workforce, and/or serve as a
community resource to support the workforce. See a full list
of Give Here organizations at www.cedarrapids.org/businessresources/give-here.
Growth in our economy is driven by hard work, creative
initiative, and investment right here in our community. Grow
Here shares stories of success from local businesses. Some of
these are relatively new businesses, like The Map Room, and
others are household names like ImOn Communications and
Hughes Nursery and Landscaping. See those at
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LAUNCHING A REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE
AGENDA WITH THE IOWA CITY AREA
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
In public policy advocacy, there is power in numbers.
We advocate collectively on behalf of our members to
present a unified message on behalf of the business
community to state and federal legislators. One unified
voice representing nearly 1,200 businesses has more weight
than a singular voice.
As an organization focused on economic growth, there are
some concepts we will always advocate for, like addressing
workforce challenges, supporting businesses and enhancing
our community. It’s from those concepts that we develop
annual federal and state public policy agendas, specific
action items and policies we hope to see come to fruition.
When creating our public policy agendas, we coordinate
with like-minded, business-friendly organizations across
the state that also do public policy advocacy, like the Iowa
Association of Business and Industry and the Iowa Chamber
Alliance, to ensure our messages align. Another such
organization is the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce,
an organization we partner with in countless other ways
beyond public policy advocacy.
To mark the collaboration, the Economic Alliance the and
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the ICR
Legislative Launch on Thursday, December 13 from 5-7:00
p.m. at Cedar Ridge Winery. We’ll officially unveil the public
policy agendas, with a short program beginning at 5:30
p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly
with policy makers that represent cities and countries in our
ICR Iowa region before new sessions begin in January.
This event is for members of the Cedar Rapids Metro
Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Chamber
of Commerce. To register, head to the Iowa City Area
Chamber’s website, www.IowaCityArea.com and click
The Economic Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce serve
similar missions for our respective business communities,
so it makes sense that our yearly public policy agendas
are similar too. This year, for the first time in a very long
time, the Economic Alliance and the Chamber of Commerce
have worked together to create identical state and federal
public policy agendas to advocate as one to our regional
Thanks to our
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ICR IOWA: KATE’S WEBSITE, OR HERE,
REGIONAL COLLABORATION FOR
INFLUENCING STUDENTS SELECTING
CRITICAL CAREER PATHWAYS AND
GRADUATING WITH WORK-READY SKILLS
As the needs of the 21st century workforce change, it is
increasingly important for business and education to work
together to develop our future workforce. Last January, over
175 educators, employers, and organizations came together
at the Kirkwood Regional Learning Center in Coralville to share
ideas on how to meet that challenge. The national careerconnected
learning models shared provided a roadmap to
increase the number of students selecting high-demand career
paths and graduating with the critical technical and soft skills
needed by our employers.
Following this session, approximately 60 partners began
working together to determine areas where collaboration could
influence more students selecting critical career pathways and
graduating with work-ready skills. The new coalition, ICR Future,
identified four areas of focus to pursue those goals: Computer
Science, Work-Based Learning, Career Exploration, and 21st
Century Skills/Problem Based Learning.
According to Code.org, Iowa currently has over 4,000 open
computing jobs and only 364 computer science graduates in
2015, of which only 14% were female. The Computer Science
working group, under the leadership of IT Sector Board cochairs
Steven Davis of Bio::Neos and Todd Chamberlain of
Medblox, is focused on increasing the number of middle and
high school teachers who complete certifications in computer
science, take a computer science class, and explore computer
science through an in-school activity or program.
Currently only 1 out of 5 juniors and seniors complete a workbased
learning experience during high school. We can do
more! Under the leadership of Laurie Worden of Workplace
Learning Connection, ICR Future is looking to increase the
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number of students who complete an internship or job
shadow experience, the number of teachers who complete
an externship, and the number of businesses who offer these
All Iowa school districts are required to review their Career and
Academic Plans over the next three years to increase careerconnected
learning. Led by Paul Hayes, Cedar Rapids Schools
and Erin Kurt, Junior Achievement, this group is building a
career exploration framework, based on best practices, that
every school district can leverage. Additionally, this group is
working to help our ICR high schools transition to a career
pathways program of studies.
Problem-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills
Problem-based learning and 21st century skills can set students
in our region up for success. Under the leadership of Dawn
Bowlus, University of Iowa Jacobson Institute, Jeremy Burrus,
ACT, Leslie Flynn, University of Iowa Tippie School of Business
and Amanda Zorhne, Iowa BIG, this group aims to increase
the number of secondary educators who receive professional
development through the University of Iowa STEM Innovator,
helping them create a community-driven and unique model
for innovation and entrepreneurship education within their
classrooms. Additionally, there is a goal to increase the
development and assessment of 21st century skills in middle
school students through implementation of ACT’s Tessera
To share information about this coalition’s progress and help
students, parents, educators, and employers find information
on ICR career-connected learning resources, the new ICR
Future website, www.ICRfuture.org, will launch this month. For
more information on this effort, please contact Kate Moreland,
Director of Career Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARK CEDAR RAPIDS LAUNCHING
NEW MOBILE APP
Park Cedar Rapids and Passport recently announced the
launch of PassportParking®, a mobile app that allows
users to pay for parking from their smartphones. Passport
is the global leader in mobility technology solutions
and serves nearly 600 clients worldwide and six cities
throughout Iowa, including Iowa City, and is also used by
the University of Iowa. Other Midwestern cities using the
PassportParking app include Chicago, Omaha and St. Paul.
The PassportParking app will replace the previous app
provider, PayByPhone, beginning in early December.
PassportParking can be used to pay for parking at more
than 2,500 spaces throughout Downtown Cedar Rapids.
Users download the app, create an account with their
payment information and start a parking session by
entering the zone number and license plate or space
number. In addition to paying for parking, users are able
to extend their sessions remotely, keep track of all parking
history, receive notifications, and get email receipts.
“Cedar Rapids is a forward-thinking city and has adopted
innovative solutions to improve the lives of our residents,”
said Jon Rouse, general manager of Park Cedar Rapids.
“Passport provides a best-in-class solution to mobile
payments, helping to make parking simpler and more
“Passport is excited to partner with Cedar Rapids to
launch PassportParking,” said Nathan Berry, Passport sales
director. “Cedar Rapids has been focused on a smart cities
initiative and we are proud to bring our state-of-the-art
technology to the city.”
Drivers can download the free PassportParking app from
the App Store and Google Play. Users can also manage
their parking online at park.passportparking.com.
ECONOMIC ALLIANCE REPORT
ELECTION DAY IS OVER - WHAT’S NEXT?
The 2018 elections are over. So now what? Our advocacy work
begins to rev up!
We worked over the summer and through the fall to gather
information, seek feedback and develop our public policy
priorities for 2019. That process is nearing completion and
will be shared with our members and policy makers before the
We focus our priorities around three concepts – building our
workforce, improving our business environment and enhancing
our communities. With those ideas as our foundation, we
develop and support policies that back our priorities and help
us achieve success.
While our policy priorities remain consistent, the strategy and
finesse to achieve them in-part hinges on which political party
controls the legislature and governor’s office. Now that we
know those outcomes, our true strategy work can begin. One
of the most important pieces of that strategy involves you, our
members, speaking directly with legislators.
The legislative session typically runs from January to May, and
in that time, we will host three public policy events designed
to involve you directly in advocating the public policy priorities
we lay out for the business community. One of those events
is called Policy on the Rocks. These legislative receptions give
our members a chance to interact with lawmakers in a causal
setting. Save the date for the two upcoming Policy on the
Rocks events on February 1 and April 5, 2019. If you nervous
to attend a public policy event, don’t be! We always send you
talking points and list of what legislators have RSVP’d ahead of
On March 26, we will again team up with the Iowa City Area
Chamber of Commerce for the annual ICR Iowa Day at the
Capitol. Alongside a delegation of members, we travel to the
Iowa State Capitol for a day advocating on legislator’s turf.
To stay in-the-know all session long, our Public Policy email
updates are incredibly value. We send the emails during session
to provide an analysis of how our priorities are faring and how
you can join in our efforts.
One of those ways is to arrange opportunities for you to speak
directly with policy makers and talk to them about the issues
that matter most to our community.
Next month you’ll begin seeing our 2019 public policy
priorities that are based on feedback from our members. We’re
hosting an ICR Legislative Launch on December 13 with our
partners at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce. Read
more about the event on page 9.
We hope you’ll stay involved in public policy advocacy well past
Election Day; this will likely prove to be an incredibly important
legislative session, especially for our state. Our unified voice is
the key to our success.
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FOR THE HOLIDAYS
This holiday season, expect the cheer to look a little brighter in Downtown
Cedar Rapids. More than 100 trees will soon be decked out with green
and white garland, along with 40 light poles and 20 holiday banners hung
to brighten roadways. All lights and decorations will be in place before
Thanksgiving. Streetscape and district improvement work like this are and
key pillars in maintaining a vibrant Downtown that welcomes residents
and visitors alike.
Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 24 is a day to celebrate
and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Make
plans to attend the City of Cedar Rapids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
to wrap up your day of shopping. If you plan to head downtown for a day
of local shopping and dining, RSVP on Downtown Cedar Rapids’ Facebook
event for more information on downtown businesses that will be open.
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RETURNS IN 2019
After a hugely successful inaugural event, organizers of the RUN
CRANDIC marathon and half-marathon have announced the
race will return on Sunday, April 28, 2019. What’s different?
The marathon will begin in Iowa City and end in Cedar Rapids.
Details of the routes will be announced in early December.
Registration is now open on the event website,
www.runcrandic.com. 2018 participants can use the code:
RunAgain at checkout to receive a 5% discount through
November 15 - that’s on top of the early bird pricing of just
$80 for the marathon and $65 for the half-marathon.
Plus, the first 400 registrants receive a free pair of
commemorative socks! Early bird pricing lasts until December 15,
so don’t wait. All registrants will receive a tech t-shirt, free
beverage at the after party (location to be determined) and a
special commemorative gift.
The inaugural race drew over 3,000 runners from 23 states and
three countries and raised over $57,000 for the Cedar Rapids
and Iowa City Community School Districts. RUN CRANDIC is
organized in part by Think Iowa City, the Cedar Rapids Metro
Economic Alliance and Corridor Running.
Thank you to returning title sponsor, the University of Iowa
Community Credit Union.
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Appraisal Associates Company has a long history in Cedar
Rapids, 35 years to be exact. Their expertise and knowhow
in real estate appraisal and consulting provides area
businesses with information they need to know to operate
successfully. Owner Keith Westercamp has practiced
appraising for 40 years. He shares more about the business
for November’s Member Spotlight.
Tell us more about Appraisal Associates
Since its founding in 1983, Appraisal Associates has
provided the Midwest with premier real estate valuation.
Our home office is in Cedar Rapids and the firm provides
services for a wide range of appraisal services. Areas
of specialization include the hospitality, commercial,
industrial, healthcare, entertainment, development,
office, retail, residential and multi-family markets. We offer
consulting/feasibility, litigation and valuation experience.
Appraisal Associates’ integrative team approach combines
in-depth practical experience and access to the latest
technology and real estate appraisal innovations to provide
clients with foremost service.
What value do you believe Appraisal
Associates Company adds to the business
The work we do is important to every business, because
it’s used to estimate value for a variety of purposes such
as lending, eminent domain, feasibility studies, legal
proceedings, taxation, and business planning. We define
success through client feedback, and time and time again
we have clients thanking us for our work and dedication
to their business. The information we provide helps clients
make sound decisions in other parts of their business and is
integral to the success of business in the region.
What role did your business play during the
devastating floods of 2008?
Following the flooding in Cedar Rapids, we voluntarily
provided consultation and information of sales data to the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that helped them begin flood
mitigation. We did this for no charge, but for the good of
the community. Our contact at the Corps shared that no
one had ever done that before, without compensation to
speed up the process. This is part of our core belief as a
company to serve this great region.
Learn more about Appraisal Associates Company on their
ECONOMIC ALLIANCE REPORT
Belmont Hill Victorian Bed and Breakfast
1525 Cherokee Dr. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405 | www.belmonthill.com
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
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1 Parsons Drive, Hiawatha, IA 52233 | www.godaddy.com
6307 Casey Lane NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52411 | www.iowaloyal.com
Janda Motor Services
P.O. Box 10045, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410 | www.janda.com
L.A. Eddins Design
1120 Depot Lane, Ste. 100, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 | www.laeddins.com
Local Pour Street Food
302 Third Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 | www.facebook.com/localpour
5300 Blairs Forest Blvd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 | www.lowes.com
Milex Complete Auto Care
2010 Sylvia Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 | www.cedarrapidsmilexauto.com
7085 C Avenue NE, Ste. 7, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
P.O. Box 1241, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 | http://toprankstaffing.com
United Life Insurance Company
118 Second Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 | www.unitedlife.com
YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area
Wednesday, November 21
6pm - 7pm
Helen G Nassif YMCA
FREE & Open to Public
Personal Training &
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Classes daily | Access
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