5. You can easily find and hire top talent.
Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in the state, behind the capital, Des Moines. It’s also located 30 miles from Iowa City. Collectively, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor is home to roughly 500,000 people. That’s important because it means there are lots of people already living here to fill jobs. Plus, there are several colleges and universities nearby, including the University of Iowa, Coe College, Mount Mercy University and others, so there’s a steady stream of recent graduates who are ready to get to work.
There are also several initiatives underway to recruit, retain and train employees in Cedar Rapids. Adults can learn how to code through a program called DeltaV, which is an initiative of NewBoCo, a Cedar Rapids nonprofit that supports entrepreneurship (the name stands for New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, in case you’re curious). NewBoCo is also training teachers so that they can pass along computer science knowledge to K-12 students across Iowa — in essence, they want to help fill the pipeline with high-skill workers.