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Monthly Archives: March 2016

GoDaddy to make Cedar Rapids presence permanent

GoDaddy, the domain name registrar and web hosting giant, plans to create a permanent Cedar Rapids office and will continue adding jobs with an even larger expansion in Hiawatha.

Breads from Anna to expand under new owners

Shah Chaudary was so impressed with the taste of Breads from Anna that he bought the Iowa City-based company, which was founded in 2004 and offers gluten-free staples like bread, pizza crust and pancakes.

Retirement Savings Iowa plan ‘touches a nerve’

Iowa State Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald’s proposal to create a new retirement savings plan aims to address the savings shortfall among lower-earning Iowans, but it’s facing stiff opposition from the state’s financial services industry.

Honoring the 2016 Women of Influence

As the CBJ’s Women of Influence program settles into its second decade, we’re proud to report that this year’s class continues to raise the bar.

Spotix finds new spot in North Liberty

Spotix plans to add some fresh additions to its fires in online retailing, and will do so this summer while building a new office in North Liberty.

New study pinpoints areas of opportunity for CR

Consultants have completed the research phase of a major study of the Cedar Rapids travel market, uncovering new opportunities for the area’s tourism economy.

University Camera puts photo struggles into focus

The weather is warming, which means shutterbugs in the Corridor are resurfacing after winter’s hibernation. Although the cycle is familiar to University Camera owner Roger Christian, the ritual may be approaching extinction.

Involta named Innovator of Year at MEDCO event

Data centers and IT service providers have become crucial partners as the business world shifts to the cloud, and the Marion Economic Development Corp. took time during its annual luncheon to recognize one Corridor company leading the way.

Modern Companies builds a digital pipeline

A new Corridor software company is introducing its first product this spring, inspired by the accelerated business demands the flood of 2008 placed on the Corridor’s largest mechanical contractor.

Q&A: Jasmine Almoayed

Cedar Rapids is working with real estate agents and developers, and even hiring consultants to help bring in more retail stores. It’s a relatively new approach to economic development for the city, and Jasmine Almoayed, the city’s economic development manager, took time to explain why retail is so important to the city’s ‘holistic’ approach to economic development.

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