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Prospect Meadows throws out its first pitch

The bats are swinging and the pitches are flying – at least between rain storms – at the new Prospect Meadows softball and baseball complex northeast of Marion.

Real Success with Nate Kaeding: Lisa Bluder

Former pro athlete and Corridor entrepreneur Nate Kaeding sits down with Lisa Bluder, head coach of the University of Iowa women’s basketball team, in the latest edition of the CBJ’s Q&A feature, Real Success with Nate Kaeding, presented by MidWestOne Bank.

Untangling the future of technology

At the CBJ’s Tech Untangled event, held May 16 at the Hotel at Kirkwood, local experts presented TED-style talks on five emerging technologies that have the potential to impact everyone in business, including blockchain, automated vehicle tech, 5G networks, virtual reality and edtech.

NL startup makes scoring the complex simple

Scoring essays, portfolios, presentations and other open-ended measures of knowledge and ability has traditionally been a complex process involving many costly hours of human labor. North Liberty-based startup MZ Development hopes to change that.

Can beer save Iowa’s small towns?

In Central City, there’s a general feeling that something needs to happen to fill the half-empty rows of storefronts in the downtown area. In past years, the answer might have been an antique mall or a co-working space, but these days, it just may be a brewery.

Blockbuster project arrives for CR’s ‘Banjo block’

The $32 million redevelopment of Cedar Rapids’ “Banjo block” is expected to help achieve a critical mass of downtown residents and accelerate redevelopment of surrounding properties, city leaders said in a preliminary review of a big incentive package.

Iowa’s newest regent offers thoughts on road ahead

The Corridor’s newest member of the Iowa Board of Regents offered his take on what’s ahead for the state’s universities and the local housing economy as part of a recent education forum.

Great Western Bank putting down roots in CR

Great Western Bank is making its presence felt with a rapidly growing loan portfolio and its first Cedar Rapids branch set to open this summer.

A season for bank rebrandings

Two of the state’s largest financial institutions, both headquartered in the Corridor, are getting brand makeovers – one prompted by necessity and the other by a desire to emphasize connection with clients.

Steampunk art gives Zeppelins its distinctive flavor

As Zeppelins Bar & Grill keeps growing in Cedar Rapids, so too does its intriguing collection of “steampunk” art by local artist Todd Sabin.




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