Monthly Archives: February 2020

Diversity Straight Up: The art of authentic conversation

In the latest episode of the CBJ podcast, “Diversity Straight Up,” hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington talk with Joel Schmidt, vice president of business development with Alliant Energy, about the importance of authentic conversations, lessons learned from his days of international travel and how diversity can lead to positive change.

Corridor entrepreneur flips the dip

Things are heating up for one Corridor startup and its cool dips and condiments.

Cargill’s CEO sees big things ahead for CR

Cargill plans to invest $100 million at its Diamond V facility in Cedar Rapids, Chairman and CEO David MacLennan said as part of a keynote inter­view at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance annual meeting on Jan. 29.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: Mark Nolte

Former NFL athlete and Iowa entrepreneur Nate Kaeding talks with Mark Nolte, former president of Iowa City’s ICAD Group, about his path to economic development and recent career transition in the latest edition of Real Success with Nate Kaeding. Presented by MidWestOne Bank.

2020 should be a fair year, if you live in the right place

Slower economic growth is on the horizon for 2020, keynote speaker Kevin Depew told the CBJ’s 2020 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Jan. 22, with a recession unlikely, but trade uncertainty enduring as “the big elephant in the room.”

ContinuumAg heads to Memphis for ag accelerator

A Washington-based soil testing company is headed to Memphis to take part in an accelerator that has already hosted some of Iowa’s highest-profile agtech startups.

CR to hire workforce development specialist

In a reminder of the city’s persistently low unemployment rate, the city of Cedar Rapids has approved the addition of a workforce development specialist to the city manager’s office.


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