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Monthly Archives: January 2020

Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend: Mike Hodge

In the third episode of Tom Cilek’s New Best Friend, Tom swaps stories with Mike Hodge, president of Hodge Construction, about the founding of his company, his wide-ranging service projects and his formula for success. Presented by West Bank.

Watts Group bringing senior co-op to Brown Deer

Coralville’s Brown Deer Golf Course will be the backdrop for the Watts Group’s first foray into housing co-op development.

Two big CR projects set to pop in 2020

It’s looking like a big year for transformative developments in central Cedar Rapids, with at least two projects totaling more than $80 million set to pop.

Downtown Rotary celebrates 5K milestone with CEO’s visit

Nine years after four Chicago businessmen founded the first Rotary club, Cedar Rapids organizers held their first Rotary meeting on April 6, 1914 at the downtown Montrose Hotel.

Rewrite of CRA has bankers feeling optimistic

Plans for the first major update to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in a quarter-century are being greeted warmly by Iowa banking groups, which say the law is behind the times, contains ambiguities and should apply equally to credit unions.

Roberts tapped to take UWECI into the future

Kristin Roberts, the newly named president and CEO of the United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI), is looking forward to serving the community and helping the state’s second-largest United Way organization navigate a dramatically changing fundraising and nonprofit environment.

Collins Insurance launches to serve CCCU members

Collins Community Credit Union (CCCU) has launched Collins Insurance, a new credit union service organization that will offer its members – and eventually other credit unions – direct access to independent insurance options from multiple carriers.

Diversity Straight Up: Bringing your whole self to work

In the latest episode of Diversity Straight Up, podcast hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Jeff Disterhoft about his role in driving diversity at one of Iowa’s largest financial institutions, understanding privilege and bringing your whole self to the workplace.

2020 Vision: Forecasting this year’s business trends

In early December, we asked roughly two-dozen leaders from a variety of sectors to weigh in on the trends and developments they will be monitoring in 2020. Here’s what they had to say.

Sustainability built-in at Iowa’s first cohousing development

With 16 units built and commitments in hand for another 10, Prairie Hill’s pioneers feel Iowa’s first cohousing complex has proven its appeal, locally and beyond.

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