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  • 2020 Cedar Valley Regional Business Interview Report – Industry Insights

    2020 Cedar Valley Regional Business Interview Report – Industry Insights

    posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Economic Development

    The Cedar Valley Regional Business Interview Report highlights the current business climate in the Cedar Valley. Dozens of interviews take place each year by our team in partnership with area economic development professionals.

  • Laborshed Study to be Conducted in the Cedar Valley

    Laborshed Study to be Conducted in the Cedar Valley

    posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Economic Development

    Grow Cedar Valley is partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Cedar Valley area.  This study will geographically define which communities contribute to the Cedar Valley's workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.

  • Skubal Joins Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Education and Certification Advisory Committee (ECC)

    Skubal Joins Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Education and Certification Advisory Committee (ECC)

    posted on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Economic Development

    In January, Lisa Rivera Skubal, CEcD joined International Economic Development Council's (IEDC) Education and Certification Advisory Committee (ECC).

  • Grow Cedar Valley Economic Development Update

    Grow Cedar Valley Economic Development Update

    posted on Thursday, January 21, 2021 in Economic Development

    Grow Cedar Valley is the leading economic development organization in the Cedar Valley. This work spans business attraction, business retention, talent attraction, talent development, etc. In this update, hear announcements and projects that are currently taking place in the Cedar Valley.

  • Grow Cedar Valley Air Service Working Group Update

    Grow Cedar Valley Air Service Working Group Update

    posted on Monday, January 11, 2021 in Economic Development

    Grow Cedar Valley Air Service Working Group's goal is to assist the City of Waterloo and the Waterloo Airport Board to maximize the economic benefit of the Waterloo Regional Airport for the Cedar Valley. The working group's primary goal is to facilitate improvements in commercial air service at the Airport. Group members include private and public partners from across the Cedar Valley who have a strong interest in further growing and developing the Waterloo Regional Airport.

  • Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

    Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

    posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Economic Development

    Governor Reynolds announced Monday Morning the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

  • Iowa's 2020 Competitive Dashboard

    Iowa's 2020 Competitive Dashboard

    posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Economic Development

    On Tuesday, March 10, Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council, Joe Murphy, presented on how Iowa measures and how the state is competing nationally in five indicators: economic growth; workforce and education; governance; health and wellness; and demographics and diversity.

  • How is Iowa Emerging in ‘The Next Economy'?

    How is Iowa Emerging in ‘The Next Economy'?

    posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 in Economic Development

    Where is the economy headed in the next decade? Will the southwestern edge of the country see the same wild increase in jobs as it saw in the last decade, or is the tide changing?

  • Economic Development Update: Existing Business Trends, Workforce & Innovation

    Economic Development Update: Existing Business Trends, Workforce & Innovation

    posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in Economic Development

    In January, the Iowa Economic Development Authority released its statewide Business Expansion & Strategic Trends report (BEST of Iowa). This report takes a snapshot of what is on the mind of existing businesses the 12 months preceding September 1, 2019. In aggregate, the data includes existing business interviews Grow Cedar Valley conducts.

  • Waterloo Ranked Top City in U.S. for Economic Advancement

    Waterloo Ranked Top City in U.S. for Economic Advancement

    posted on Monday, December 30, 2019 in Economic Development

    In a recent article released by LendEDU, Waterloo has been recognized as one of the best positioned cities for #economicadvancement in the new decade! Analyzing nearly 400 U.S. cities on a variety of socioeconomic factors deemed important for economic success in the new decade, Waterloo ranked #134 specifically.