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  • 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.

  • Two Local Companies Invest $27 Million Dollars in Waterloo Projects Receive State Support

    posted on Friday, November 22, 2019 in Economic Development

    Lincoln Savings Bank and Warren Transport were awarded $27M combined in tax reimbursement from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) for the companies projects in Waterloo.

  • Diversity & Perceptions are KEY to Growing Population

    Diversity & Perceptions are KEY to Growing Population

    posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in Economic Development

    WORKFORCE was the headliner in Iowa Economic Development and Iowa Finance Authority Director Debi Durham's presentation on Tuesday morning. It comes as no surprise to many, if not all, Cedar Valley businesses that questions such as, "How do I find workers to fill our positions?" is a real and consistent issue plaguing the future of our businesses. Durham emphasizes that diversity and perception are the biggest factors contributing to Iowa's workforce shortage.

  • Waterloo City Council Approves $8.5 Million in Renovations to Ramada Hotel

    Waterloo City Council Approves $8.5 Million in Renovations to Ramada Hotel

    posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Economic Development

    The City of Waterloo voted Monday evening, October 14, the approval of South Dakota-based company, Makenda LLC to make $8.5 renovations to the Ramada hotel in downtown Waterloo.

  • Iowa Business Council to Host Community Forum

    Iowa Business Council to Host Community Forum

    posted on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Economic Development

    The Iowa Business Council (IBC) will be hosting their final Vision to Vitality in Waterloo on Monday, September 30 focused on the theme "Paving the Way for Community Vibrancy & Growth - Cedar Valley's Economic Inclusion."