Grow Cedar Valley Hosts National Economic Development Week Celebration May 6-11, 2019

posted on Friday, May 3, 2019 in Blog

Grow Cedar Valley joins communities nationwide to increase awareness of the positive work economic developers do to enhance local economic impact

WATERLOO,IA – Grow Cedar Valley is marking National Economic Development Week from May 6-11, 2019 to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and explain the role of the profession in the Cedar Valley community, including stewardship of:

  • Programs explicitly directed at improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing business retention and expansion, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, small business, real estate development and others
  • Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives. Particularly, advocacy for businesses and communities in the Cedar Valley.
Skubal, VP of Economic Development

“Healthy communities have a strong and diversified economy. In the Cedar Valley it's the collaboration of public and private sector partners that supports the economy including partnerships with cities, counties, k-12 and higher education initiatives, state government, main street organizations and existing businesses to name a few.” said Lisa Rivera Skubal, CEcD, Vice President of Economic Development at Grow Cedar Valley.

 “This week we celebrate them all for their contribution to helping the Cedar Valley economy grow.” Skubal added.

“With our Grow Cedar Valley's new brand and organization name we look forward to the continued collaboration alongside our existing public and private sector partners and working with new ones to continue the work in economic development.” said Cary Darrah, CEO, Grow Cedar Valley.

Now in its fourth year, National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council, the largest professional membership organization for economic developers, in 2016 to recognize the unique role that economic development has in creating vibrant communities with strong economies. More than 250 communities participated in the 2018 campaign across the U.S. and Canada. Cities, counties and states recognized the week in past through official proclamations, local community events, and informational campaigns online and through social media. The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has also issued a statement commemorating Economic Development Week in past years.