Economic Alliance launches CEO search

Permanent replacement may be named by end of year

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The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance on Wednesday said it has launched a nationwide search for a permanent president and CEO.

Doug Neumann, former executive vice president and community development strategist, is serving as interim president and CEO following the resignation of Dee Baird in late April.

Lydia Brown, Economic Alliance board chairwoman, said the goal of the search committee is to announce a permanent leader by the end of the year.

“We committed to the Economic Alliance and the community that we would conduct a national search to ensure transparency in our selection process,” Brown said in a news release.

The president & CEO is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Metro Economic Alliance. The individual serves as the face of the organization to key stakeholders, the community and government leaders.

A full description of the position and how to apply is posted on the organization’s website at

For consideration, a resume, cover letter and salary requirements should be emailed to Kelly at Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The search committee is looking for an individual with six to eight years of senior level leadership experience in a community and/or economic development organization. A bachelor’s degree from four-year accredited college or university is required and a master’s degree is preferred.

The Metro Economic Alliance works closely with partner organizations, including Iowa’s Creative Corridor Development Corp., Iowa City Area Development and the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to supervising the Metro Economic Alliance operations, the president and CEO oversees the Downtown Self Sustaining Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), the Medical District SSMID and the NewBo SSMID as well as Cedar Rapids parking contract.

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