13-14 Our Cedar Rapids Community

Opportunity is literally only a few blocks away...

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Cedar Rapids is the perfect college town. There are 22 coffee shops in this city of 175,000, including Brewed Awakenings right across the street. The live music and cafés of the New Bohemia Main Street District are just a mile away. And the 9,000-seat U.S. Cellular Center - where Coe students get discounted seats to concerts, performances and more - is just blocks away.

But college isn't just about gourmet coffee and concerts, which is where it gets sweet. There are tons of employers and internship sponsors within walking distance of campus. These include large corporations like Northwestern Mutual life insurance, two hospitals, international companies like Rockwell Collins and non-profits such as Waypoint, the National Czech and Slovac Museum and the American Red Cross.

Cedar Rapids was named by Forbes as one of America's Best Places for Business and Careers

Are sports your thing? Join other Kohawks for Coe Night at the baseball stadium or hockey arena. And for shoppers, Cedar Rapids offers two malls with a third just 25 minutes away.

No wonder Cedar Rapids was named Iowa's #1 city on Livability.com's list of "Top 100 Best places to Live."



Dee Baird"The Cedar Rapids Metro Area has gone through a monumental transformation in the last five years! We have seen significant private and public sector investment putting our job growth at historic records. However, our region's economic success hinges on our workforce, so strong links with higher education partners are critical. Dave McInally has embraced this opportunity from his first month on the job and continues to demonstrate in tangible ways that Coe and Cedar Rapids stand together to accomplish the vision of being the top growth region in the country!"

Dee Baird
President/CEO Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance