October Growing the Cedar Valley

posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 in Grow Cedar Valley

October Growing the Cedar Valley Stories

It is exciting to share and celebrate some great stories of growth from businesses and individuals. Let's keep the celebration going!

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Bill Colwell Ford

Whitney Johnson of Bill Colwell Ford shared:

"We just added on to our parking lot this week! It might seem like a small thing, but we have hired more employees this year, which means we are selling and servicing more vehicles. So, this parking lot is a blessing! It is technically going to be a new parking lot for our employees, so that the service department can use the old employee parking. We just have a lot of cars!"

Bill Colwell Parking Lot

Bill Colwell Parking Lot


Cedar Falls Tourism

Kim Manning of Cedar Falls Tourism shared:

2020 has been an interesting year to be sure! The way things have gone so far, we’re on the lookout for tigers roaming the streets as it feels like the eighth level of Jumangi!

As you can imagine, tourism has been DRASTICALLY affected by the pandemic. We have very little revenue coming in, but we’re continuing to serve the community, pivoting our messaging to encourage locals to support hospitality-related businesses in hopes of keeping them alive until we visitors are ready to travel and our residents are ready to welcome them.

Because the return on tourism marketing investments is almost immediate, we believe we have a VITAL role to play in helping our area recover. We’ve planned for an emergency by building a strong reserve and continue to advertise as appropriate with sensitive messaging to keep our destination top-of-mind. In fact, we’ve even ADDED staff. How’s that for having faith?!

Adam Bolander

Adam Bolander, a former Courier Director of Audience Development and recent 20 Under 40 honoree has joined our team as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator. This is a NEW position that will help us play a more proactive role in bringing meetings, events and group travel to the community.  


Noelle Lawton of ISG went above and beyond and shared three celebrations from ISG!

"ISG seized an opportunity to diversify and expand its services to include telecommunications, allowing its partners, in rural and urban environments, to communicate and collaborate fast and efficiently."

"Committed to recruiting top talent to the Cedar Valley region, ISG invested in the relocation of three employees to its Waterloo office, representing a 40% increase to its Iowa-based team.

Amanda Thomas, ISG graduate engineer, relocated from Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and is enjoying the recreational opportunities and slower pace.


'When my husband and I had an opportunity to visit the Cedar Valley area last fall, it felt like home. Everyone was so welcoming. Leaving behind long commutes and embracing a change of pace has been refreshing. The highlight of our experience has been the scenic bike trails that rival those along the Mississippi River.'

Maximizing ISG’s investment in leading-edge technology, the firm experienced an increase in the use of advanced technology services in 2020. ISG gained a competitive advantage by offering multiple value-added services in-house, including a remote-controlled pipe crawler, Geographic Information System Mapping (GIS), drone technology, and 3D scanning."

ISG's remote controlled pipe crawler

Thank you to each of these organizations for taking the time to celebrate growth in their businesses and organizations this year. We know there are many more of these great celebrations out there, so we invite you to share those.

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