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Yearly Archives: 2019

Fleet Farm charts a different path among big-boxes

The sheer size of the Corridor’s first Fleet Farm store, which opened Sept. 17 in Edgewood Town Center in Cedar Rapids, seems to beg the question: Is the brick-and-mortar retail party going to crank back up again?

Inside the hacker’s mind

“A hacker is somebody who has a strong grasp on technology as well as security … and they have a huge amount of confidence,” Zach Zaffis, ProCircular’s security engineer and offensive security specialist, told attendees of the CBJ’s fifth-annual Cybersecurity Breakfast.

P&G revisiting its relocation plans in Iowa City

More than a year and a half ago, consumer products giant Procter & Gamble announced it would cut 500 jobs at its Iowa City facility. Now, the company says it is making “some adjustments” and plans to actually hire up to 100 additional workers.

UPS expanding presence at Eastern Iowa Airport

An expanded UPS presence at the Eastern Iowa Airport will enhance Cedar Rapids’ growing profile as a logistics hub as it brings more jobs, investments and revenues to the airport, officials said at a Sept. 25 groundbreaking.

Collins Aerospace leader seeks to calm merger jitters

Collins Aerospace Mission Systems President Phil Jasper recently offered some words of reassurance about the company’s future in the Corridor during some of his first public remarks since the merger of Rockwell Collins and UTC.

Diversity Straight Up: The Pilot

Hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with CBJ Editor Adam Moore about the origins and behind Diversity Straight Up, the four “tools” of talking about diversity, and what’s ahead for this new CBJ podcast series, presented by Collins Aerospace and the city of Cedar Rapids.

Celebrating the best of the Corridor’s C-suite

The 10 winners of the CBJ’s 2019 C-Suite Awards had 10 stories to tell about their journey to success at a September luncheon at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Read their full profiles here.

New CBJ podcast aims to broaden ‘diversity’

Diversity is often defined as having to do only with race, ethnicity and gender. But true diversity is about so much more, say Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the hosts of a new podcast launching this week from the Corridor Business Journal.

(Un)Hired Help: Reflecting on a year of workforce reporting

All this year, the CBJ has been exploring the causes and effects of the Corridor’s worker shortage, as well as the wants and needs of potential employees. In part six of this special series, we offer up 15-plus takeaways and solutions for improving your workforce.

CBJ Q&A: Kevin O’Brien

O’Brien Family McDonald’s of Coralville, the area’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, is expanding in the Corridor with the recent purchase of five Cedar Rapids locations. But it’s a bigger story than simply growing from 18 to 23 restaurants, as franchisee Kevin O’Brien explains in this exclusive Q&A.




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