Disaster Preparedness • Economic Recovery • Resilience

Cedar Rapids Economic Recovery Assessment

This report provides recommendations for the City of Cedar Rapids, IA with economic recovery and rebuilding after the 2008 flooding. Written in August, 2008 the topics on small business recovery include; cultural facilities and human service organizations; the downtown plan; the City’s strategic plan; the roles for the City, Chamber, Downtown BID, and the regional EDO, Priority One; and a communications strategy.

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) was retained by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) to assist with the Cedar Rapids Economic Recovery Assessment. On July 8th and 9th, an IEDC team of economic development and business recovery experts visited Cedar Rapids. The IEDC expert team was comprised of John Zakian, CEcD, Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Mickie Valente, Florida Council of 100; Sue Southon, FM, Strategic Planning Services; and Ed Gilliland, CEcD AICP, IEDC Vice President. BCLC was represented by Steven Bandolik, Lanesborough Investments.