Monthly Archives: September 2016

CR businesses avoid major flood damage, but challenges remain

Temporary flood protection drew a distinct line between victory and loss for local businesses, but even in areas left untouched by the near-record surge from the Cedar River, the flood of 2016 has taken its toll.

Trumpet Blossom Cafe

Kale Salad

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around and one way to be sure to enjoy the maximum nutrition and flavor from kale is to cook it properly.

Kirkwood continuing ed praised as ‘model program’

Continuing education at Kirkwood covers a broad array of industries, ranging from health care to industrial technology to art. An international association of continuing education programs recently identified the community college as having a “model program.”

Cedar Rapids officials: Flood preparations complete

The city has erected well over four miles of sand-filled Hesco barriers to try to protect low-lying areas from what’s predicted to be the second-highest flood crest in the city’s history.

Could a smaller CR casino squeeze in the door?

Plans for what’s been dubbed the state’s first “boutique casino” at 411 First Ave. SE were released Sept. 15 by Steve Emerson, architect and owner of Aspect Architecture, Hunter Parks, business manager and owner of Hunter Companies in Cedar Rapids, and the Iowa-based Wild Rose Casino & Resort chain.

Iowa City narrows affordable housing focus

Elected officials in Iowa City last week said its coming affordable housing initiatives must be geographically diverse, and called on neighboring municipalities to help grow the area’s housing stock.

iConnect looks to triple its ranks

iConnect, marketed under the name ‘Connectivity,’ provides on-demand video translation services to clients in 52 countries, and has recently begun serving larger and more specialized corporate and institutional clients.

Tour spotlights urban living in NewBo/Czech Village

The “heart house” will be one of the stops on the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District’s inaugural Room with a Brew event, planned from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Cedar Rapids’ retail sector heating up

Residential and commercial redevelopment in Cedar Rapids is proceeding a rapid clip, and is being driven by a surging retail sector, according to a veteran Corridor broker.

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