Cedar River in Cedar Rapids

What’s new in Cedar Rapids?

From exciting new restaurants on NewBo streets, to innovative companies adding facilities, to promising new developments, something good is always happening in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We’ve highlighted some of the more interesting and exhilarating stories about local life and business here.

  • Public-Private Partnership Supports Local Restaurants, Families

    The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with the Cedar Rapids Community School District, is increasing food distribution to families in need while at the same time supporting local restaurants. This July, restaurants will have the opportunity to provide meals to qualified families enrolled in......

  • 2020 Cedar Rapids Business Survey Now Available

    Annually, through the City’s business retention program, Cedar Rapids Economic Development Services Division staff conduct a formal program of outreach to existing industry.  These retention visits generate valuable information about needs and opportunities for companies doing business in Cedar Rapids. An updated copy of the......

  • Federal Reserve Expands Scope of Main Street Lending Program

    The Federal Reserve Board on Monday expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support. The Board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment schedule to begin after......

  • PPP Flexibility Act Eases, Extends Key Provisions

    A new joint statement from U.S. Department of Treasury and SBA outlines changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Changes are intended to streamline the process of helping businesses access financial resources to keep employees on payroll and continue operations. The SBA will soon issue......

  • Streamlined Permit Process Supports Outdoor Service Area for Retail

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – June 2, 2020 – To support commercial business’ ability to serve patrons while also following social distancing guidelines, the City of Cedar Rapids has created a streamlined process to allow temporary outdoor service areas on private property and public sidewalk areas.......