Corridor Business Alliance Update

The following organizations formed an alliance called the Corridor Business Alliance.  The formation of the CBA group began in December 2008 and has evolved into the following vision, purpose and goals.   Members include Alliant Energy, Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneurial Development Center, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa City Area Development Group, Kirkwood Community College, MidAmerican Energy, Priority One, Kirkwood’s Small Business Development Center, The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa, University of Iowa Research Foundation and University of Iowa Small Business Development Center.

Vision: To create a vital regional economy through the creation and growth of business.

Purpose: To improve and strengthen strategic collaboration among member organizations to achieve our collective vision.

Strategic Position Statement: To harness and leverage corridor resources to achieve our vision as well as to recruit and keep talent in the region.

In December 2009, the CBA hired Mike Langley, former CEO of the Allegheny Conference in Pittsburg to facilitate a strategic planning session.  The result of the session was three strategic imperatives for the region with assigned leaders and a timeline.

1. Develop and implement a regional brand led by John Lohman with support from Curt Nelson and Pam York.

2. Achieve full flood recovery led by Chuck Peters and Mayor Ron Corbett.

3. Develop and implement a regional economic development strategy led by Barry Boyer, Mark Seckman, Scott Fisher and Joe Raso.

On May 17th,  the CBA along with other important stakeholders will hold a “report out” meeting on the progress of the initiatives.

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