Economic Inclusion

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Inclusion is the right thing to do -- and it's good business.

The Economic Inclusion initiative is designed to strengthen the Cedar Valley through promoting full inclusion in business, and to focus on the importance, impact, and benefits to business of effective inclusion practices.

The belief is that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the economy. This includes employees, employers, entrepreneurs, and customers. 

2018 Economic Inclusion Award

UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital [video]

Economic Inclusion Partnership

The Economic Inclusion Partnership is a task force that consists of members from the Cedar Valley business community who are dedicated to discovering and realizing opportunities that promote the business case and the impact of inclusion in the Cedar Valley. The Partnership implements a variety of initiatives designed to promote economic inclusion in the workplace such as inclusion-focused publications, special events, and educational seminars.

Individuals interested in serving on the Cedar Valley Economic Inclusion Partnership must be employed by an investor/member of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and:

  • Have an interest in economic inclusion efforts
  • Be capable of influencing their company’s policies and business efforts
  • Understand business needs relevant to recruitment and retention
  • Be committed to regular attendance at monthly meetings and Partnership events

If you meet the above criteria and would like to make an impact on economic inclusion in the Cedar Valley of Iowa, please contact us.

Cedar Valley Economic Inclusion Partnership Award

During the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber Annual Celebration, recognition is given for outstanding contribution by a business or organization for leadership in creating and strengthening an environment of economic inclusion in the workplace culture, business practices and in the community. 

Change from Diversity & Inclusion Partnership

This initiative was known as the Diversity & Inclusion Partnership until late 2017. The Partnership and Alliance & Chamber leadership made the name change to express a more specific focus on inclusiveness aspects of workforce and business.

Diversity - differences including but not limited to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and age.

Inclusion - is a sense of belonging: feeling respected, valued for who you are; feeling a level of supportive energy and commitment from others so that you can do your best work.