The CBJ is partnering with Kirkwood Community College to recognize local companies that are ahead of the curve in creating and maintaining their workforce talent edge.

Morning Keynote:

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority, will kickoff the event with a keynote on “The Top 5 Factors Influencing Iowa’s Future Growth.” Hear about trends the state is tracking and what the IEDA and IFA are doing to support efforts to adapt.

2019 Workforce Awards Recipients:
– Employer & Education Workforce Collaboration
Cedar Rapids School District – Tara Troester
– Training for Existing Employment Needs
Clickstop Inc.
– Hiring Strategies of Iowa Graduates
Holmes Murphy
– New Jobs Training 260E
– Internship Program (Small Company)
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
– Retention Strategy
Tanager Place
– Internship Program (Large Company)
University of Iowa Center for Advancement
– Marketing & Recruitment Campaign
Van Meter Inc.

Coming to the Corridor Panel Discussion:

Following the presentation of awards, Tim Carty, director of talent attraction at ICR Iowa, will moderate a “relative newcomers” panel discussion. Panelists will share why they came to the region, what they would like to see added or changed, and the biggest misconceptions they encountered along the way. Panelists include:

  • Nicole Dieker, Freelance Writer
  • Devon Inman, Principal Financial Group
  • Renjith Jagadeesan, Collins Aerospace
  • Chris Newton, ELIJAH
  • AdaWoo, ACTNext by ACT


Tickets are $45. Attendees will receive a copy of the Workforce Leaders supplement, outlining the honorees’  best practices and advice for businesses looking to get started.

Unable to attend last year? Check out photos from 2018.

The Hotel at Kirkwood
7:30-10 a.m.

Register Now!
Individual Fee: $45 up to Nov. 26, $60 after
Table Seating: $450 up to Nov. 26, $600 after
Registration End: 11/26/2019
Contact: Ashley Moore
Phone: (319) 665-6397, ext. 311