Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Nov Dec 2018

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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

REPORT

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018


UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR

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BizMix

Nov. 15, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Legacy Manufacturing Co.

6509 Partners Ave., Marion

December

4

Recruiting and Retaining

Millennials

Dec. 6, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Blvd. SW

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TechBrew AM

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

Economic Alliance

Annual Meeting

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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15

January

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

Online Presence

Dec. 4, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

501 First St. SE

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BizMix Hosted by Hy-Vee

*Special Date!*

Dec. 6, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Building

50 2nd Ave. Bridge, Cedar Rapids

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LFS Alumni Holiday Breakfast

Dec. 13, 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Kirkwood Community College

Linn County Regional Center

1770 Boyson Rd. Hiawatha

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LOOKING OPTIMISTICALLY

AT THE FUTURE IN THE

MIDST OF END OF YEAR

PLANNING

Doug Neumann,

Executive Director

Melissa McCarville

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Ellen Bardsley

COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

Clarissa Koch

GRAPHIC DESIGN SPECIALIST

Judith Cobb

CBJ ADVERTISING COORDINATOR

Corridor Business Journal

PRINTING & CIRCULATION

WWW.CEDARRAPIDS.ORG

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.

Doug Neumann

Executive Director

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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

Director.

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.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

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

programming.

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Thanks to our

Supporting Sponsor


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

The

proud

first of a

to

series

offer

of workshops

a unique

dubbed

workshop

Historic

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

workers.

date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

time: 2:30 - 4:30 PM

Presentation • 2:30-3:30

Networking • 3:30-4:30

SOLD OUT

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:

https://bit.ly/2QxAUrY

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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 rcorbett@ceddarrapids.org.

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

Commercial

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

Housing

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

Industrial

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

TOTAL* $733,176,000

*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

Here.

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.

BUSINESS SUPPORT

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

www.cedarrapids.org/business-resources/grow-here.

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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

“Events.”

PUBLIC POLICY

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

policy makers.

Thanks to our

Lead Sponsor

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ICR IOWA: KATE’S WEBSITE, OR HERE,

IT’S REAL

REGIONAL COLLABORATION FOR

INFLUENCING STUDENTS SELECTING

CRITICAL CAREER PATHWAYS AND

GRADUATING WITH WORK-READY SKILLS

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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.

Computer Science

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.

Work-Based Learning

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

experiences.

Career Exploration

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

curriculum.

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 kmoreland@icriowa.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

efficient.”

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

“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.

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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

year’s end.

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

time.

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.

PUBLIC POLICY

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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DOWNTOWN GETS

Dressed Up

FOR THE HOLIDAYS

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

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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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

RUN CRANDIC

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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MEMBER

SPOTLIGHT

Appraisal Associates

Company

MEMBERSHIP

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

Company.

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

community?

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

website, www.AppraisalAssociatesCompany.com.

ECONOMIC ALLIANCE REPORT

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