Cedar Rapids business alliance membership drive sets record

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance said it expanded its membership by 47 in January – a monthly record for the business organization.


The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance said it expanded its membership by 47 in January – a monthly record for the business organization.

The alliance now consists of 1,197 businesses after growing by 6.7 percent over the last eight months, the alliance said in a release on its website.

“We’ve focused on providing value and are better at telling our story,” alliance Member Services Manager Lindsay Leahy said in the release. “It’s showing in our membership growth.”

The only time more than 47 members were added in a month occurred when the alliance, then known as the chamber of commerce, granted free memberships to businesses whose livelihoods were upended by flooding in 2008, the alliance said.

January is traditionally the alliance’s top month for adding new members, the release said.

The alliance’s interim president, Doug Neumann, said that the region’s businesses have been increasingly turning to the organization for support and services.

“We continue to hear from the business community that they have a renewed interest and confidence in our programs and services,” Neumann said in the release. He also attributed the membership growth to the efforts of Leahy and alliance staff member Julie Stewart.

The alliance, which also focuses on public policy and economic development, is concluding its membership renewal campaign.

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