Open For Business! Cedar Rapids will continue to be an attractive place for businesses and their employees to locate and stay. The entrepreneurial spirit developed over the last ten years should be supported as much as possible.
Our City is now viewed as being “open for business” because we have a City Council, Manager and staff with a can-do attitude. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz is a tremendous leader and has developed a top-notch team of department heads.
We need to use the financial incentives available to us, but only after careful study and with the firm belief the long term benefit will be worth the initial “investment.” A recent report indicated Cedar Rapids is using TIF’s (tax increment financing) appropriately, and I will support continuing that disciplined approach.