Monthly Archives: August 2018

Minutes detail newbo evolve concerns, misrepresentations

GO Cedar Rapids’ board of directors this week released a year of meeting minutes that underscore the board had budgetary concerns about the newbo evolve festival, which lost $2.3 million over the weekend of Aug. 3-5.

Trouble brewing in Iowa’s beer scene

NDAs and noncompetes are popping up in Iowa’s craft beer industry, but will they hurt the community feel?

Ballroom days returning to Swisher

“We’re waking up the sleeping giant,” said Nick Neuendorf, still excited about reopening Swisher’s Dance-Mor Ballroom after months of pounding and painting the place back into shape. Talk about a waltz through history.

Pizza Ranch gets a new look in Iowa City

Plans to relocate Pizza Ranch from the Iowa City Marketplace to the Gateway One Plaza on Highway 1 should help elevate the chain’s presence in the city, it’s owner says. Here’s a look at the new concept planned.

Corridor companies appear on Inc. 5000 list

Of the 5,000 fastest growing companies in the nation recognized this week by Inc. magazine, 26 are based in Iowa. More than a third of those – 10 – are based in the Corridor.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: David McInally

Former pro athlete and Corridor entrepreneur Nate Kaeding sits down with David McInally, president of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, to discuss the art of learning and the state of higher education in the latest edition of the CBJ’s monthly Q&A feature, Real Success with Nate Kaeding.

Cracking the (dress) code

Corridor influencers are making a statement and showing the world who they are with attire that’s both stylish and an extension of their personalities.

Building a fashion label, the Wright way

Andre’ Wright of Iowa City made a mid-life transition from being a graphic designer at an architecture firm to launching a fashion line and working in economic development. He’s made his Born Leaders United label an extension of his bold views on life and leadership since launching it in 2013 as BLU Collar.

Boutiques go all in on quality to fight e-tailers

They may not have the army of buyers enjoyed by large department store chains or the endless variety of Amazon, but small boutique owners in the Corridor say they have a secret weapon that keeps their fashion-conscious clientele coming back: a carefully curated, regionally specific selection of quality items chosen with their customers in mind.

Duane Arnold’s closure ends Iowa’s nuclear chapter

The recent decision by NextEra Energy to close Iowa’s only nuclear power plant in 2020 will be a sharp blow to the Corridor, erasing more than 500 jobs and hundreds of millions in annual economic impact over a period of years.

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