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Cedar Valley receives Healthy Hometown Founder award

Mayor Jon Crews and Sue Beach receive award on behalf of Cedar Valley Blue Zones

Mayor Jon Crews and Sue Beach receive award on behalf of Cedar Valley Blue Zones. Pictured with Gov. Terry Branstad and Ltn. Gov. Kim Reynolds

Healthiest State Initiative recognize communities’ efforts to improve health and well-being

DES MOINES, IA (Nov. 2, 2016) — The cities of Cedar Falls and Waterloo were presented a Healthy HometownSM POWERED BY Wellmark award at the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Bringing it Home conference on Nov.1, 2016. The award recognizes the Cedar Valley for their dedication and accomplishments toward meaningful health improvement initiatives in their community.

“The Healthy Hometown Founder award celebrates the achievements made in the Cedar Valley,” said Jami Haberl, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative executive director. “Cedar Falls and Waterloo have been a model for other Iowa communities and is an encouraging example of what can be done when the citizens of a community join together to truly transform their environment.”

Some noteworthy achievements in Cedar Falls include:

  • Integrating brain breaks in the schools as well as removing pop machines and unhealthy food fundraisers.
  • Building a new pedestrian bridge that connected residential areas with retailers, schools and workplaces.
  • Achieving a 20 percent increase in volunteering among employees at John Deere PEC.
  • Passing land protection policies that pave the way for healthy eating via farmers’ markets and community gardens.

Some noteworthy accomplishments in Waterloo include:

  • Logging 3,428 miles by Orange Elementary students during their first year of promoting physical activity through classroom movement and recess.
  • Losing a combined 1,661 pounds in one year resulting in 56 employees moving from pre-diabetic to normal range at Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing.
  • Constructing a multi-million dollar Highway 63 corridor project’s first phase featuring an impressive two-mile stretch with wide sidewalks, landscaping trees, brick pavers, lighting and benches.
  • Creating 10 gardens thought out the city, four of which are school gardens.

Healthy Hometown program available for all Iowa communities

The Healthy Hometown program is available to all Iowa communities ready to take steps to make the healthy choice the easy choice and improve the overall well-being of their communities.

“One of the best parts of the Healthy Hometown program is the ability for Iowa communities to make improvements that are important to them,” said Laura Jackson, Iowa Healthiest State Initiative board president. “The program offers various levels of support — including assistance from experts if they choose — and guides them to existing resources so they can make their hometown an even better place to live.”

There are three ways communities or organizations can get started. The first is an online self-assessment tool for communities to review where they are at today and how they can connect with existing resources to make enhancements. In 2017, two additional options will be available to help communities put a plan in place for either a specific project or a complete community transformation.

More information about the Healthy Hometown program, including the assessment and resources, is available at: www.iowahealthieststate.com.

IGNITE Cedar Valley Opportunity for B2B Business Exposure

The Cedar Valley of Iowa (Sept. 9) – The 2015 IGNITE Cedar Valley Campaign is the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber annual sponsorship drive to raise revenue essential to fund its programs and events is underway.

Over 400 opportunities are available exclusively to Alliance & Chamber investor businesses & organizations. These opportunities include networking events, business educations seminars, talent recruitment & retention events, and a variety of printed and electronic publications.
“The Alliance & Chamber newsletters, publication, and events are very cost effective ways to target marketing dollars to hundreds of qualified local businesses and thousands of their employees,” says Sue Beach, Alliance & Chamber Director of Investor Relations. This annual effort provides financial resources to equip the Alliance & Chamber for the future and finances new and existing programs. Priority goals include economic growth, job creation and retention, workforce development, small business assistance, regional marketing, and business services. The Alliance & Chamber also serves as an advocate for business interests on local, regional, state and national levels.

During the campaign, current investors are encouraged to utilize the multiple exclusive benefits investment provides and potential investors are introduced to the value of the Alliance & Chamber.
“Investment provides great exposure for business,” says Steve Dust, Alliance & Chamber CEO, “It also helps improve the Cedar Valley business community and quality of life, supports regional growth and collaboration, and many other component of our work to strengthen Cedar Valley businesses.”

A full list of sponsorship opportunities can be found at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com/ignite1.
The availability of sponsorships is limited. Please contact the Sue Beach, Bette Wubbena at the Alliance & Chamber immediately to answer questions and help with additional sponsorship suggestions. They can be contact by calling 319-232-1156 or email sbeach@cedarvalleyalliance.com and bwubbena@cedarvalleyalliance.com

Sue Beach Joins Alliance & Chamber as Director of Investor Relations

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is pleased to announce that Sue Beach has joined the Alliance & Chamber as Director of Investor Relations.

The Director of Investor Relations is responsible for investor recruitment and retention. Beach will work collaboratively with Bette Wubbena, Director of Investor Services.

 “Sue has served as a volunteer on Alliance & Chamber committees and as an Ambassador for both the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber and the Waverly Chamber,” says Cary Darrah, Vice President of Community Development, “Her knowledge of our services and the return on investment available to investors will be a major benefit to our existing investors and to other businesses and institutions in the Cedar Valley economic area looking to give their operations a competitive advantage through the Alliance & Chamber.”

Beach has over 20 years of sales, marketing, fundraising, and management experience. Most recently, Beach led the Cedar Valley through the adoption and implementation of the Blue Zones Project of Waterloo and Cedar Falls as the Program Manager.

Beach is a graduate of North Iowa Area Community College and Hamilton College.

“Sue is a respected leader in the community with extensive expertise in building relationships and generating revenue, volunteer support and action,” says Alliance & Chamber CEO Steven Dust, “Her business and non-profit experience is a good match for this new role in the Alliance & Chamber. Our investors can expect the same kind of enthusiasm and energy to ensure they’re receiving maximum return on their Alliance & Chamber investments.”

Beach resides in Cedar Falls with her husband Sean and has an adult daughter Cheyenne.  She will begin her duties with the Alliance & Chamber on May 12,2014.

The mission of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is to increase economic vitality and wealth by leading collaborative economic and community development.  Details about the many programs and initiatives of the Alliance & Chamber can be found at www.cedarvalleyalliance.com.

Be part of something greater - The Cedar Valley of Iowa

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is a regional economic community development corporation working to increase economic vitality and wealth in the Waterloo / Cedar Falls area and surrounding economic region. The Alliance & Chamber has approximately 800 members that represents over 40,000 employees