Cedar Rapids now home to Iowa`s first `mega park,` ready for development

CEDAR RAPIDS — With the addition of the state’s first “mega park” near southwest Cedar Rapids, Linn County is now home to the most state-certified development-ready acres in Iowa.

State and local officials gathered Wednesday at The Eastern Iowa Airport to celebrate the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s mega-site certification of the Big Cedar Industrial Center, a more than 1,300-acre site in southwest Cedar Rapids.

Jeanine Penticoff, Alliant Energy vice president of customer engagement and solutions, described the Big Cedar site — which is bound by Edgewood Road SW to the east, 76th Avenue SW on the south, Lefebure Road SW to the west and a portion of the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway to the north — as not only a boon to local development, but part of a much larger effort to localize transit, cargo and industrial opportunities near Cedar Rapids and Fairfax....

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Ken Notes: Another idea to add to the list. Why not use the shared revenue program to encourage communities and regions to work together to support businesses rather than compete for who gets them. We are not well positioned to attract companies requiring major infrastructure improvements like power, bandwidth, transit, public safety, housing, recreation, and sewer and water. Imagine communities working together to provide these things....



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