ICR NEXT Focused on Regional Recovery

ICR NEXT is a webinar series focused on helping the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) region thrive together post-pandemic. The initiative is driven by ICR IOWA, a joint venture of the Iowa City Area Development Group and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Join us for our ICR NEXT Webinars on Wednesday mornings:

ICR NEXT > Workforce
Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: President Lori Sundberg, Kirkwood Community College
Speaker: Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development
Speaker: Joshua Wright, Executive Vice President of Workforce and Economic Development, Emsi
Session Recording
Emsi Slidedeck

ICR NEXT > Economic Development
Wednesday, April 29th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Lydia Brown, ICR Iowa Board Chair and Director of Business Development for Skogman Realty
Speaker: Director Debi Durham, Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority
Session Recording

ICR NEXT > Community Funding for Economic Development
Wednesday, May 6th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Karen Kurt, Executive Director of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG)
Speaker: Steve Castaner, U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Speaker: Grant Menke, USDA Rural Development
Speaker: Nichole Hansen, Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)
Session Recording
Session Materials: EDA, CDBG, USDA

ICR NEXT > Our Ag and Food Economy
Wednesday, May 13th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Doug Neumann, Executive Director, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Speaker: Secretary Tom Vilsack, Former United States Secretary of Agriculture
Speaker: Tom Benner, President and CEO for Lesaffre
Session Recording

ICR NEXT > Inclusive Growth
Wednesday, May 20th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Oather Taylor, Inclusive ICR Advisory Council and DEI Consultant
Speaker : Ian Nicolini, Vice President of Indianapolis Economic Development
Speaker: Mackenzie Higgins, Policy Advisor for the City of Indianapolis

ICR NEXT > Business Attraction
Wednesday, May 27th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Kelly Hayworth, City Administrator for the City of Coralville
Speaker: Jay Garner, President of Garner Economics & Chair of the Site Selectors Guild
Speaker: Robyn Domber, Vice President of Research for DCI

ICR NEXT > Virtual Education
Wednesday, June 10th from 9:30-10:30 am
Moderator: Tom Banta, Director of Strategic Growth for the Iowa City Area Development Group
Speaker: Julie Murphy, Senior Director of Learning Resources for ACT
Speaker: Michal Eynon-Lynch, Chief Educator and Co-Founder of Pear Deck