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Table of Contents Article, Page From the President’s Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 June Featured Customer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2013. . . 6 CRBT Drive-in Movie Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 ImpactCR: August Siren Wednesday. . . . . . . 8 Community Calendar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 We’ve Moved!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11 Professional Development Academy . . . . . . . 12 Hwy 100 Progress. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Hiawatha Morning Networking . . . . . . . . . . 14 Economic Development News. . . . . . . . . . . 15 Local Companies Help Produce RAGBRAI. . . 16 PM Exchange: Freund-Vector Corp . . . . . . . 16 Ribbon Cuttings & New Members . . . . . . . . 17 May PM Exchange Recap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 PM Exchange: Marion Block Party . . . . . . . . 18 14th Annual Golf Outing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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Volume 81 No 10 (USPS558-200) Economic Alliance Report (ISSN 108-50775) is published monthly by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 424 First Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. Subscription price of $35 per year is included in an annual membership. Periodicals postage paid at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Postmaster: Send changes to: Economic Alliance Report Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance 424 First Ave. NE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1196 President & CEO: Dee Baird Editor: Mallory Mohwinkle Contact the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance at 319-398-5317 for reprint permission.

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From the President’s Desk:

I am so excited to share with you that by the time you receive this month’s newsletter, your Economic Alliance team will be moved into our new home at 501 First St. SE (formerly known as the Science Station). The planning process took many months and at times I wondered if it would ever happen (as most building/remodeling projects go) but I am pleased to announce we are officially in! I couldn’t be more proud of the result! The Economic Alliance’s new home is more than a physical space. The entire project team operated from the philosophy of the space representing a community and region that is smart, innovative and progressive and I am pleased to say we accomplished our goals. As an organization we are a front door for first impressions for residents, visitors, businesses and prospective employees. Equally important is that we are a place where our customers and members of our community and region gather to solve problems, work through issues, plan for the future and celebrate our successes! The space needs to be open, flexible and, most importantly, welcoming for all. An Innovation Center, located on the second floor of what many of us used to know as the IMAX Theater, embraces the changing nature of our global economy. You won’t believe your eyes when you see how we’ve re-purposed an iconic space that has meant so much to our community. The Innovation Center will provide open work space options, conference room capability for innovation teams and leaders to meet, and collaboration spaces for service providers to assist prospects and clients—all overlooking the lovely Cedar River with beautiful views of downtown and Cedar Rapids. We will have a formal grand opening event in the fall once we have a chance to settle in and we couldn’t be more excited to have you join us and utilize the space for many decades ahead! As a customer and a critical stakeholder of the Economic Alliance I invite you to benefit from and enjoy our new home. Regards,

Dee Baird President & CEO




Featured Customer of the Month

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CONCERT/EVENTS RAGBRAI’s 40th Celebration featuring Counting Crows Thursday, July 26 Get your tickets at


Survivin’ the Ride: Party on the Island Highlights The Economic Alliance Events Team has been working diligently as a part of the Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI committee to plan a fantastic schedule of events for riders and the public, especially RAGBRAI’s 40th Celebration Concert on July 26. While this is an exciting weekend filled with community pride, our local business community will have an opportunity to shine for an estimated 15,000 riders and patrons. To read one example of how local businesses are involved in the production of this special event, flip to page 16.


Are you ready to unleash your “Wild Side?” Join the rest of the tribe by participating in RAGBRAI “Immunity (for the community) Day.” Friday, July 13, is the day for you and your employees to wear their Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI T-shirt and bandana. They can be purchased online at,at the Convention & Visitors Bureau office, or at Halls Bicycle Shop. Check out the video to see how professional, fun, and easy it is to wear these.

Breakfast on the Bridge Friday, July 27 QR Code to learn more

Survivin’ the Ride Bandanas video

VOLUNTEER More than 1,100 volunteers are needed to help in Cedar Rapids when RAGBRAI is in town on July 26 and 27, 2012. Interested individuals or groups may select from a variety of volunteer areas, including camp grounds, downtown concert venue, food and beverage garden, trash and recycling, information booths, Breakfast on the Bridge and more. Full details to volunteer opportunities including the official sign up is available online at or by scanning the QR code.

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Leadership for Five Seasons is a program developed and managed by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance to prepare emerging and existing leaders in the Cedar Rapids area to be community trustees. The goal of the program is to empower and inspire diverse individuals to actively lead in shaping and enhancing our quality of life—supplying the community with informed, skilled leaders willing to serve as active volunteers. The Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2013 marks the 30th anniversary the program, which has evolved to include Adult, Executive, College and Youth. With a network of over 1000 alumni, Leadership for Five Seasons is the premier leadership program in the community.


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Richie Akers Theatre Cedar Rapids

Sven Leff City of Cedar Rapids

Stephanie Anderson St. Luke’s Hospital

Kelly Lind US Bank

Mike Barnhart NTS

Shawn Lueth Shive-Hattery, Inc.

Kate Beihl OPN Architects

Chris McAndrew Waypoint Services

Valerie Buechel Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Chelsey McDill ImOn Communications

DJ Castelein Four Oaks

Kelly McDonald Elmcrest Country Club

Matt Corkery Rockwell Collins

Amy McKelvy Junior Achievement

Tara DeWolf Junior League & Health Solutions

Bill Micheel Linn County

Darrin Gage Linn County

Stefanie Munsterman-Robinson CR Civil Rights Commission

Jenn Germaine Day Rettig Peiffer, P.C.

John Myers Hawkeye Area Council/Boy Scouts

Lisa Guge Economic Alliance

Stacie Osako Van Meter Inc.

Kyle Hach Raining Rose

Bob Sanders Pearson

Jarin Hansen McGladrey LLP

Carrie Thompson Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Lisa Hawkins Skogman Realty

Jason Vestweber Vestweber Byers & Sellers

Jim Hennes Point Builders

Karmen Wilhelm Van Meter Inc.

Cathryn Houck Guaranty Bank

Brooke Wittkop Hogan-Hansen, P.C.

John Hughes Hughes Nursery Mike Ivester ITC Kevin King Bankers Trust

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CRBT Drive-in Movie Series Free movie under the stars! Join us for three movies this year, brought to you by the Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Economic Alliance, Z102.9 and Mediacom:

Join us for a free movie night under the stars at Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust! Admission is FREE! Parking and activities begin at 7 p.m. at Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the movie outside. Patrons who wish to view the movie from their vehicles are encouraged to arrive early due to limited space. Food vendors will be on site to purchase refreshments: Cruise Inn Concessions, Peppy’s Ice Cream, and Grace Episcopal Church. Popcorn will be available, compliments of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust.

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Wednesday, August 1 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Siren Wednesday After a month off due to the holiday, ImpactCR is looking forward to reconnecting and enjoying happy hour with members and friends! Mark your calendars to join us on August 1, for Siren Wednesday at Cibo Fusion (685 Marion Blvd., Marion)!

Cibo Fusion 685 Marion Blvd. Marion


Thanks to the work of our Members & Mixers Committee, Siren Wednesday provides a casual and fun opportunity for ImpactCR friends to network, meet new people and learn about ImpactCR. Whether you’re new to ImpactCR and looking to get involved, or a long-time advocate looking to get reconnected, Siren Wednesday has something for everyone! See you there! A program of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, our concept is simple— provide young professionals with opportunities to connect, have a voice and make a difference in our community. At the base, three core committees are ready to provide members with a variety of events and programming throughout the year, while constantly considering new ideas from our member’s fresh perspective. Whether you have lived here your whole life or for only a short while, ImpactCR will inspire you to “Make Your Mark.”

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Community Calendar July ■■Downtown

Farmers’ Market

*Affiliated Event with the Freedom Festival July 7, 7:30 a.m.–Noon, Rain or Shine! Enjoy vendors in Greene Square Park, along 3rd & 4th Avenues, looping from 5th Street to 2nd Street. We are proud to have more than 220 local Iowa vendors offering fresh produce, a variety of baked goods, artisan gifts, meats and dairy products. Live music, dancers and street performances round out this eclectic Cedar Rapids original.


Drive-in Movie Series featuring “Dolphin Tale” *Affiliated Event with the Freedom Festival July 14, 7 p.m. Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, 500 1st Avenue NE A free movie night under the stars! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, or arrive early to park and watch from your car. Complete with activities and food vendors. Popcorn is compliments of Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. Parking and activities begin at 7 p.m. The movie will begin at dusk.


Morning Networking

July 17, 7:30 a.m. Honkamp, Kreuger & Co., 1751 Boyson Road, Hiawatha Join area Hiawatha businesses for a morning of networking and refreshments. This informal gathering provides attendees the opportunity to create new contacts and learn more about area businesses. This event is free; however, please register at


Exchange: Marion Block Party!

July 19, 5-7 p.m. 700 Block off of 11th Street, Marion No registration required. Free to attend.


Farmers’ Market

July 21, 7:30 a.m.–Noon, Rain or Shine! Enjoy vendors in Greene Square Park, along 3rd & 4th Avenues, looping from 5th Street to 2nd Street.


PM Exchange

July 31, 5-7 p.m. Vector Corporation, 675 44th Street, Marion No registration required. Free to attend.

August ■■ImpactCR’s

Siren Wednesday

August 1, 5-7 p.m. Cibo Fusion, 685 Marion Blvd., Marion Enjoy a casual and fun night of networking with ImpactCR on the first Wednesday of the month! No registration required. Free to attend.


Farmers’ Market

August 4, 7:30 a.m.–Noon, Rain or Shine! Enjoy vendors in Greene Square Park, along 3rd & 4th Avenues, looping from 5th Street to 2nd Street.


Drive-in Movie Series featuring “UP”

August 11, 7:00 p.m. Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, 500 1st Avenue NE Join us for a free movie night under the stars!


PM Exchange

August 16, 5-7 p.m. Hall-Perrine Cancer Center, 701 10th Street SE No registration required. Free to attend.


Bigwig Lunch Talk with Ann Poe

August 16, Noon-1 p.m. Economic Alliance, 501 1st Street SE Join ImpactCR for a community conversation with Ann Poe with the NewBo District. This event is a brown bag lunch and free to attend. Please register at


Night at the Kernels!

August 16, 6:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd SW Join ImpactCR as the Cedar Rapids Kernels take on the Quad City River Bandits! Gates open at 5:35 p.m. with first pitch at 6:35 p.m. Pre-payment is required on


Farmers’ Market

August 18, 7:30 a.m.–Noon, Rain or Shine! Enjoy vendors in Greene Square Park, along 3rd & 4th Avenues, looping from 5th Street to 2nd Street.


Annual Golf Outing

August 20, Noon-6 p.m. Elmcrest Country Club, 1 Zach Johnson Drive NE Grab your team for our 4-person, Best Shot day at the course. Registration and driving range open at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Please register at


Your Membership

August 21, Noon-1 p.m. Economic Alliance Boardroom, 501 1st Street SE This popular meeting is the perfect opportunity for members who want to become familiar or reacquainted with all the benefits, events and programs offered to help grow your business. Meet our professional team and learn ways to get involved and help grow our business community. This event is free; however, please register at Lunch will be provided.


the Corridor

August 28, 8-9 a.m. TBA Join staff and volunteers for Conquer the Corridor—an interactive presentation designed to get you familiar with everything Corridor. This event is free; however please register with Quinn Pettifer at or 319.730.1404.



Built for Success Smart. Innovative. Progressive.

Those three words have been the guiding mantra for the creation and design of the new Economic Alliance building, which opens for business in July. Located in the former Science Station, along the river downtown at 501 First St. SE, the building has been re-purposed to be an economic development beacon and hub for the community and region. Economic Alliance President & CEO Dee Baird says the space was designed to reflect an organization which represents a region that is smart, innovative and progressive. “The facility plays a critical role in the organization, serving as a front door to all who live in and come to our area and making a great first impression,” she says. The space will be leased by the Economic Alliance from 2001 Development Corporation. 2001’s project team includes Ryan and OPN Architects. The Economic Alliance has been fortunate to have Mike Driscoll, retired manager of Rockwell Collins Facilities Engineering, serve as the tenant representative and project manager for the remodeling effort that has transformed what was, in part, an IMAX theater into an open work space for the 22 full-time staff members of the Economic Alliance, as well as for customers and stakeholders. “The new space will give us more options, flexibility and capability to advance our vision and mission,” Baird says. Along with the Economic Alliance staff work areas, the approximately 17,500 square feet of space features collaboration areas and meeting rooms that will be made available for rent. Complete details of use and rental information will be provided in the future.

Co-working Space Second Floor

When the Economic Alliance began operating Jan. 1, it was housed in the former Chamber building on First Avenue. Opening the doors of this new facility truly began in May 2011 when the former Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to return $3 million dollars to the Economic Development Administration originally awarded to create a new Economic Commerce Center building. That provided the opportunity to start a new discussion about where the Economic Alliance should be located. An eight-member task force spent 14 weeks using a detailed process to find the building and site that best fit the Economic Alliance’s needs. As leaders looked for a new location, they knew they wanted to find space that could make a statement about the organization’s vision – to be the top economic growth region in the country.

Task Force Chairman Ron Olson says the location chosen combined all the qualities the group was looking for. “It has a tremendous location and the ability to adapt the space in a cost effective manner because of the openness.” Baird says the completion of this project is another major accomplishment in the evolution of the Economic Alliance. “We successfully merged the three legacy organizations, including reorganizing staff roles, in 10 months,” she says. “And, now, in the first half of our first year we are moving into a newly remodeled, state-of-the art facility that will provide Iowa’s Creative Corridor a professional, modern and open air space that can serve as a launching pad to help move this region forward.” Stay tuned to progress, as the Economic Alliance plans to host an open house for its customers in the fall.

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Contact Us:

Please note for those of you who might still have been using former Downtown District phone numbers and e-mail addresses, those will no longer roll forward. Please update


your address lists to ensure you have up-to-date contact information. A complete staff phone number and e-mail address list is below:

Allen Merta 730.1423

Jeff Rossate 730.1425

Lisa Guge 730.1401

Allison Antes 730.1422

Jeff Schamberger 730.1402

Mallory Mohwinkle 730.1410

Deb Gulick 730.1407

Jill Wilkins 730.1400

Nikki Durham 730.1421

Dee Baird 730.1420

Joan Benda 730.1416

Pam Hinman 730.1415

DeMaris McKee 730.1417

Jody Bowers 730.1428

Quinn Pettifer 730.1404

Dennis Hotka 398.5317 431.3461 Dennis Jordan 730.1424

Julie Stow 730.1409

Sarika Bhakta 730.1427

Kelly Slaughter 730.1411

Tyanna Stephenson 730.1408

Doug Neumann 730.1414

Laura Paulsen 730.1406

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Multi-purpose Room Ground Level



Tuesday, July 31

Professional Development

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Creating a Sustainable Business Join us as Sheila shares a smart, comprehensive approach to green business practices that will save money, make you more competitive and improve your brand image. At this session you’ll learn: • The key elements of ‘sustainable business’ • Why you’re leaving money on the table if you’re not addressing sustainability • Tips to designing a successful sustainability program • Real examples of what other businesses are doing locally and nationally • Tips for finding incentives to help fund energy efficiency and recycling projects • How to leverage your successes to improve your brand value Participants should leave with a clear vision for how their company can begin to address sustainability. Sponsored by JP Gasway

About the Speaker Sheila Samuelson returned to Iowa to launch Bright Green Strategy, a sustainability consulting firm, in early 2010. Bright Green Strategy helps businesses improve their environmental and social impacts by designing sustainability programs that address energy and water use, waste, environment, community engagement, health and wellness, and other areas. Sheila has an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco and over 7 years experience working on sustainability projects with large companies (like Starbucks, Staples, McDonald’s), local governments, organizations, and local businesses. Sheila is a founding member of the Regional Sustainable Business Alliance, a professional group formed out of the Economic Alliance.

Economic Alliance Boardroom $20 per attendee Please register at




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DOT Moves Highway 100 Extension Forward The Iowa Transportation Commission in June approved $2.6 billion to repair and upgrade the state’s highway system, including nearly $200 million for the Highway 100 extension. The extension will stretch Highway 100 west from Edgewood Road and south to Highway 30. “This project has been a priority for more than 20 years,” said Dee Baird, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance.

“A project like this really allows us to complete a critical transportation loop around the community,” she said. “For years, many anticipated there would

8-mile Highway 100 Beltway

be growth in this area—especially if the Highway 100 project got the green light. That’s how communities and regions grow.” The Economic Alliance is dedicated to serving as the catalyst for economic diversity, growth and prosperity for our region. The Highway 100 extension will not only provide convenience for travelers—it’ll attract, grow and retain businesses in and around our community— which are at the core of our strategic priorities. We look forward to further collaboration on this project, and will continue our best efforts to ensure its success.

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Hiawatha Morning Networking Join area Hiawatha businesses for a morning of networking! This informal gathering provides attendees with the opportunity to create new business contacts and learn more about companies and organizations in the area. There is no cost to attend, but we ask that you register your attendance at Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

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Economic Development News Economic Alliance Coordinates Corporate Visit to Retain/Create Jobs

Master Packing and Rubber Expansion Underway

A Cedar Rapids contingent recently traveled to the corporate offices of a company with a Cedar Rapids operation to discuss job retention and the possiblity of the company adding 93 jobs in the Creative Corridor.

Construction to expand Master Packing and Rubber Company in Cedar Rapids is underway, adding more than 7,300 square feet to its existing building and creating four new jobs.

Economic Alliance President & CEO Dee Baird, along with Dennis Jordan of the Economic Alliance, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, City Manager Jeff Pomeranz and Kim Johnson, vice president, Continuing Education and Training Services at Kirkwood Community College, traveled to the corporate office June 13.

Master Packing and Rubber Company, 6430 Fourth St. SW, began construction on the $700,000 expansion earlier this month. The company, founded in 1982, manufactures seals and gaskets for a variety of industries, including food processing, pharmaceuticals, refineries, chemical plants, pump and valve manufacturers, locomotive manufacturers, power plants, water treatment plants, and railroad and marine engines

The meeting was an effort to retain 71 existing jobs and add another 93 jobs over the next several years. The company is considering other site locations for this operation, including its corporate headquarter location. During the visit, the Cedar Rapids group met with several senior level executives and provided a presentation on the community/region. The company is expected to make a visit to the Cedar Rapids area in the next few weeks and will make a company decision in the next 60-90 days. One of the Economic Alliance’s core functions is economic development and staff will continue to maintain and advance the relationship with this key Cedar Rapids company.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance assisted Master Packing and Rubber Company by evaluating financial assistance options, including an Industrial Property Tax Exemption. Dee Baird, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance, said supporting projects involving small and locally-owned business is critical for growth in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. Robb and Rick Ridgway, the company’s principle owners, said the expansion was prompted by increasing sales and the development of specialty products for specific applications. For more on MPRC visit

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Local Companies to Help Produce RAGBRAI’s 40th Celebration Prior to RAGBRAI Headquarters announcement of the location of their 40th Celebration, they collected quotes from national production companies in an effort to help produce what was to be their largest community visit and celebration ever. When the Cedar Rapids RAGBRAI team learned that Cedar Rapids would be the location of this large-scale event, participating staff at Economic Alliance asked that RAGBRAI Headquarters offer the same opportunity to Cedar Rapids production companies—to provide a competitive service quote and share their resources. We were thrilled to find that RAGBRAI Headquarters were pleased with the results, and that two local Cedar Rapids companies have been chosen to help produce RAGBRAI’s 40th Celebration Party on the Island on July 27 in downtown Cedar Rapids!

16th Avenue Music (225 K Ave NW, Suite E) has been hired to do the stage production for the Counting Crows, while Rausch Productions (1936 51st Street NE ) has been hired to provide the additional LED screens needed for our funky venue and the production associated. About the companies:

16th Avenue Music This year marks 16th Avenue Music’s 20th Anniversary! Their doors opened in 1992, offering audio and show design work for local musicians. In the nearly 20 years since then, they’ve grown dramatically and now work as an international production company providing sound, lighting, design, content and video production services for concerts, fashion and trade shows, private and corporate events, and more. For information on this local resource, visit

Freund-Vector Corporation Join Us to Celebrate Freund-Vector Corporation’s 40 Years in Business Food, Sake and Beverages

Chamber PM Exchange Open House Tuesday, July 31, 2012 5 to 7 pm

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Rausch Productions Rausch Productions has more than 35 years of experience and has created national recognition with thousands of award-winning productions. From creative direction and logistics to video and audio services—this company does is all, and we’re proud to have them as a part of our business community! For more details on this company, visit

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The Vault is located in the heart of Cedar Rapids. Inside The Vault’s doors are, Penguins Comedy Club, Dueling Pianos, and Harrington’s Sports Bar. The Vault provides a one of a kind entertainment experience, bringing in top names in Comedy and Dueling Pianos. In Harrington’s Sports Bar play darts, pool, Golden Tee, or Wii on our 100" screen.

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June PM Exchange Recap Cedar Rapids Smile Center hosted June’s PM Exchange by bringing a little bit of Hawaii to Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids Smile Center employees brought out their tropical clothes, leis and grass skirts for a fun-filled Luau networking event. Attendees also enjoyed food, drinks and musical entertainment along with several prize giveaways. Cedar Rapids Smile center is located at 1260 3rd Avenue SE.


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Block Party

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PM Exchange Thursday, July 19 5 to 7 p.m. 700th Block, 11th Street, Marion Sponsored by:

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Carlos O’Kelly’s Buffet & Beverages Salsa Music Door Prizes

Contact the Economic Alliance and learn more about the numerous opportunities to maximize your marketing dollars. From PM Exchanges, Featured Customer of the Month, newsletter, on-line and more; The Economic Alliance can help you gain exposure and positively impact your bottom line.

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14th Annual Golf Outing


Elmcrest Country Club 1 Zach Johnson Drive Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Presented by ITC

Registration and Driving Range open at 11 a.m., shot gun start at noon. Register today! Our 4-person, Best Shot event sells out each year— don’t miss out! Register today at to participate. Questions? Contact Nikki Durham at 319.730.1421 or for details.

Join us for the first 2012 Downtown Farmers’ Market of the season to enjoy more than 220 local market vendors, activities and entertainment, located in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids!



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Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Report July 2012  

The Economic Alliance Report is the monthly newsletter for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. The monthly report features regional ne...

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Report July 2012  

The Economic Alliance Report is the monthly newsletter for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. The monthly report features regional ne...