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Monthly Archives: January 2018

AbouAssaly: Marion’s got the big mo

Marion businesses and residents can look forward to more commercial project announcements and progress in the city’s transportation system in 2018, along with the beginning of “transformational” projects, Marion Mayor Nicholas AbouAssaly told attendees of the annual State of the City speech.

Economic forecast 2018: Big growth, big risks

Deere & Co. economist Luke Chandler predicted big growth and big risks at the CBJ’s Economic Forecast Luncheon, held Jan. 17 in downtown Cedar Rapids.

Transamerica agreement bringing Tata to CR

Tata Consultancy Services will soon become one of the Corridor’s largest private employers after signing a $2 billion deal to serve as third-party administrator for the insurance and annuity business lines of Transamerica.

Corridor recruiters playing the long game

The tightest labor market in years has some employers building relationships with college students years before graduation in an attempt to build a pipeline of candidates before rival employers can lure them away.

CBJ Q&A: Elisabeth Kissling, Foundation 2

The CBJ’s editorial board talks with Elisabeth Kissling of Foundation 2 about the changing landscape of mental health ser­vices in the state, the ongoing stigma around mental health and how the business community can work with the organization to help save lives.

Warehouse, retail space coming to Coralville Industrial Park

The east end of James Street in Coralville is set for growth, with a trio of projects that could add more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space and about 10,000 square feet of retail to the area known as Coralville Industrial Park.

Collective Data helps customers keep track

Customers keep finding more uses for Collective Data, a family of flexible data­base products developed in the Corridor that are used by clients to track and main­tain everything from truck parts to Tasers.

Businesses wary, despite ISPs’ neutrality pledge

Though area internet providers insist last December’s repeal of net neutrality rules won’t negatively impact their customers, some in the Corridor aren’t buying it and worry eliminating utility-style regulations will keep smaller businesses in the slow lane.

CR native is building the future, block by block

A Corridor native’s global startup is becoming a central player in the race to decentralize everything using blockchain. Meet Brendan Blumer in this CBJ exclusive profile.

Forecasting the business trends of 2018

In early December, we asked a few dozen Corridor business leaders from various sectors for the trends and developments they would be watching in 2018. Their answers seem to point to a year of growth for most in the Corridor, but also heavy uncertainty for a few.

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