Growing the Cedar Valley


Growing the Cedar Valley

Economic and community development can often be difficult to define. We define it as fostering partnerships to support and invest in our businesses, communities, and community members as well as inviting others to take part. When we do these things well, we are #GrowingTheCedarValley.

This year, #GrowingTheCedarValley is our theme as we move forward with events, programming, and partnerships. We invite you to join us as we bring business and community together to grow opportunities in the Cedar Valley.

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UNI Alum named CEO of accounting firm - 11/18/21

  • 1989 UNI Alum Brian Becker was recently announced as the next CEO of RSM US LLP (RSM). RSM is one of the largest tax, audit and consulting firms in the country. Becker graduated with a degree from UNI and started as an auditor in 1989 for RSM.  

Corbin Named Northwoods League Executive of the Year - 10/25/21

  • The Northwoods League announced that Dan Corbin, longtime General Manager of the Waterloo Bucks, has been named the 2021 Northwoods League Executive of the Year. 

Advanced Heat Treat Corp. was recognized as a top 10 North American Commercial Heat Treater

Nikole Hannah-Jones Opening 1619 Freedom School in Hometown of Waterloo, Iowa -  8/31/21

  • The 1619 Freedom School is a free, community-based, after-school literacy program that will help students achieve academic success through improving their reading and literacy skills. The school's mission is to help children develop a love of reading and books through liberating instruction centered on Black American history and will serve low-income students with the widest disparity in their reading scores. Leading this groundbreaking effort with Hannah-Jones is a steering committee with deep ties to the community. The school will be housed in the historic Masonic Temple in downtown Waterloo and already has plans to open a second location in the community center at ALL-IN-GROCERS, a new Black-owned grocery set to open in Waterloo in 2022. Visit the school’s website at

West Music named NAMM dealer of the year - 8/12/21

  • West Music was named the Dealer of the Year at the Annual Top 100 Dealer Awards by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the global industry association of music instruments and pro audio products. In addition, West Music was recognized with the “Music Makes a Difference” award as well as “Dealer of the Year” for its continued dedication and unwavering efforts in serving the local community.

Access Systems receives the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award - 7/21/21

  • Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, this award program recognizes dedicated people and companies who volunteer to help fulfill the missions of Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities. The Access employees have made this award possible by sharing their generosity with local communities and giving back to organizations through volunteering and donations. Over the past year, Access Systems has participated in blood drives, meal packaging, walks for cures, school supply drives, and many more activities to spread kindness.

#GrowingTheCedarValley is all about Business, Community, and Opportunity!

#GrowingTheCedarValley is about supporting businesses, organizations, and people. Grow Cedar Valley investors know that it takes high-quality relationships, opportunities, teamwork, and commitment. By being a part of the region’s leading business organization, they are taking steps to effectively maximize all of these areas.

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