Monthly Archives: June 2018

Interchanges trigger commercial surge in Tiffin

Work is progressing on the new Forevergreen Road interchange on Interstate 380 that will create a new gateway to Tiffin, and on the replacement of the I-80/380 interchange which will give the city more visibility. That’s leading to an explosion in commercial development.

Downtown IC bucks national retail woes

The state of downtown is strong, according to Nancy Bird, executive director of the Iowa City Downtown District, who told a packed audience on June 13 that even with national retail in turmoil, businesses in the city’s center are “doing great”

Corridor hotels go from budget to boutique

Boutique hotels have been around for decades, offering hip hangouts, unique “experiences” and personalized service in happening cities from London to Hong Kong. Those one-of-a-kind establishments are now making their way to smaller markets – including here in the Corridor.

Business leaders, officials discuss 2008 flood rebound

The emotions from the 2008 floods haven’t faded from the Corridor, former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett told area business and government leaders at the CBJ’s annual Commercial Real Estate Luncheon, and the revival of the area that began with the flood shouldn’t either.

KZIA’s new CEO shares joys of life in broadcast

In February, Julie Hein was promoted to CEO of KZIA Inc. in Cedar Rapids, where she began her career 22 years earlier. The promotion made her one of the few women leaders of an Iowa-based radio broadcasting company.

C-suite parity still eluding Iowa women

Though they make up nearly half of the state’s workforce, Iowa women fill fewer than 25 percent of executive positions, sit in just 16 percent of corporate board seats, account for less than 30 percent of all elected officials and earn 77 cents on the dollar in comparison to their male counterparts.

IC’s Foster Appliance gets new owner, digital facelift

Jenny Novick spent years pondering the question a manager once asked her: Do you have drive or are you driven? That lingering question answered itself when she walked away from a 20-year career and took over the 68-year-old Foster Appliance this February.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: Debbie Takes

Former pro athlete and Corridor entrepreneur Nate Kaeding sits down with Debbie Takes, co-owner of Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely, to talk about farming and family in the latest edition of the CBJ’s monthly Q&A feature, Real Success with Nate Kaeding.

MCI named 2018’s Fastest Growing Company

The name MCI may have slipped from memory for many in the Corridor, but with the Iowa City firm leading this year’s Fastest Growing Companies list with a heady 270 percent growth rate over two years, that’s sure to change.

Analysis: 2018’s Fastest list features diverse cast

The Corridor Business Journal’s Fast­est Growing Companies list included a wide variety of industries and a little competitive drama this year, keeping things interesting as the competition moves into its 11th season.

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