Monthly Archives: December 2013

Victorian home’s restoration in Cedar Rapids attracting attention

Mark Cardis remembers playing in the yard of the hilltop Victorian home, next door to his family’s house in northwest Cedar Rapids.

Centro to expand nationally, internationally, hire 200 in 2014

It will be a big year for Centro. The North Liberty-based custom rotational molding company announced in November it plans to open a 90,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam, Wis., adding 70 new jobs. Centro also is planning its largest product launch in company history, as well as an expansion into Brazil, its first overseas manufacturing facility.

Cedar Rapids investigating removable flood wall use

Flood worries did not factor into the location of Marlene Chramosta’s shop, but the new business owner cheered the news that removable flood walls will likely be used for portions of the Cedar River’s west side.

Olive’s Oil to open in The Fountains

The timing couldn’t be better for Olive’s Oil, a new retail business in Cedar Rapids.

Retaining rural physicians

At a press conference on the University of Iowa’s medical campus Dec. 6, the UI Health Alliance announced it will make a $1 million commitment over several years to help fund the Iowa Rural Physician Loan Repayment Program. Gov. Terry Branstad, UI President Sally Mason and other notables presented at the press conference.

Closing of Lincoln Cafe might not mean the end for local foodies

It won’t be the Lincoln Cafe, but a dollop of hope remains for fans of the popular Mount Vernon restaurant.

North Liberty Community Library celebrates completion renovation, expansion

Readers in North Liberty now have more room to browse, read and hang out at the city’s library.

Eden Lounge opens in Iowa City

In November, Eden Lounge opened in Iowa City. To enter the lounge, located at 217 Iowa Ave., customers have to walk through an alley next to Takanami.

Entrepreneurs share successes, mistakes

A group of entrepreneurs from across the Corridor presented their stories about starting a business and the struggles to become successful at the Corridor Business Journal’s An Entrepreneurial Forum Dec. 4 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids.

Corbett is 2013 Most Influential

Mayor Ron Corbett is this year’s Most Influential Person of the Corridor. He first appeared on the list in 2009 at No. 5, then again in 2010 at No. 1. In 2011 and 2012 he came in at No. 3.

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