Diversity Straight Up: The art of authentic conversation

In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Joel Schmidt, vice president of business development with Alliant Energy, about the importance of authentic conversations, lessons learned from his days of international travel and how diversity can lead to positive change.

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Former NFL athlete and Iowa entrepreneur Nate Kaeding talks with Mark Nolte, former president of Iowa City’s ICAD Group, about his path to economic development and recent career transition in the latest edition of Real Success with Nate Kaeding. Presented by MidWestOne Bank.

Slower economic growth is on the horizon for 2020, keynote speaker Kevin Depew told the CBJ’s 2020 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Jan. 22, with a recession unlikely, but trade uncertainty enduring as “the big elephant in the room.”

A Washington-based soil testing company is headed to Memphis to take part in an accelerator that has already hosted some of Iowa’s highest-profile agtech startups.

In a reminder of the city’s persistently low unemployment rate, the city of Cedar Rapids has approved the addition of a workforce development specialist to the city manager’s office.

In the third episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, Tom swaps stories with Mike Hodge, president of Hodge Construction, about the founding of his company, his wide-ranging service projects and his formula for success. Presented by West Bank.


Can the Terminator be an inventor?

February 18, 2020

By Charlie Damschen | Guest Column
The potential to increase glob­al productivity and generate tremendous wealth through the use of AI is extremely high. A recent analysis by Gartner projects that AI will directly contribute to a $2.9 trillion increase in business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity glob­ally within the coming year alone.

A declaration of our diversity focus

February 9, 2020

CBJ Editorial
We at the CBJ have been committed to supporting, connecting and promoting women leaders from throughout the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor since our inception nearly 16 years ago.

Location matters equally in online storefront

January 28, 2020

By Jen Neumann | Guest Column
In an increasingly online world, does location still matter? Let’s revisit one of the oldest principles of marketing: “place” or location.

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