The population in greater Iowa City is growing faster than the national average. Not only do we have people seeking new opportunities, we’re also attracting individuals who want to return to the community when the right opportunity becomes available. With an annual pipeline of thousands of graduates from the University of Iowa, Coe College, Cornell College, Mt. Mercy University, and Kirkwood Community College, our local employers regularly report that we have some of the best, brightest, and most ethical workers in the nation. We invite you to explore our area’s resources on talent attraction and retention, workforce committees and coalitions, the workforce pipeline, and other resources for employers and workers.
The ICR Talent Hub is a pool of professionals interested in new career opportunities in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids. Candidates are identified through targeted marketing campaigns implemented by ICR IOWA and then connected with local employers through bi-weekly electronic lists. What makes these candidates unique? Their interest in moving (or moving back) to ICR! They are identified through campaigns that specifically target professionals who want to be here, which often leads to a higher capture rate and a longer retention rate. We talk with each candidate individually to identify their skills, interests, and hopefully an ideal career match.
Employers must be members of the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance or investors in the Iowa City Area Development Group at the $1,000+ annual level to receive ICR Talent Hub candidates.
Handshake is a network that allows employers to connect with college talent across the nation. The platform is used by all of the colleges in our region and over 700 university career centers nation-wide. The platform allows your job postings to reach multiple schools across Iowa, the Midwest, and the nation.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) offers protection to workers, their families, and communities by requiring employers to give 60 days advance notice of covered plant closings and mass layoffs. A log of the notifications issued in Iowa can either be downloaded in PDF form or viewed directly in a dashboard maintained by Iowa Workforce Development. For employers searching to fill openings, the WARN notices can provide insight into workers who may be searching for new opportunities.
Looking for assistance in customized training programs for your staff? Connect with the Corporate Training Team at Kirkwood Community College! They offer scheduled training products along with customized options and support for the development of apprenticeships, earn and learn models, and more.
Iowa provides a wide variety of incentives to help employers train and equip new workers, including those that directly support wages and work-based learning. Iowa Workforce Development has an excellent guide of programs available to employers that support workforce development and expansion, including the Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training Program (260E), Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F), the Accelerated Career Education Program (ACE / 260G), and more.
The Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation fund is a grant opportunity to carry out creative solutions that address local workforce issues. It encourages employers, community leaders, and others to lead efforts for developing regional workforce talent pools. Employers can promote credit and noncredit education and training opportunities in high-demand jobs. The fund can be used in innovative ways to help Iowan achieve their training and education goals.
Whether you are a business looking to start an apprenticeship, join an established apprenticeship or a student wanting to become an apprentice with your current company or a new employer, Kirkwood has resources available to help you achieve your goals.
All of the apprenticeships through Kirkwood Community College are registered with the Department of Labor and have related training hours and on the job learning skills.
University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center
Contact: Allan Boettger, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Barb Tupper, 319-399-8662, email@example.com
Contact: Jason Napoli, 319-895-4458, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt. Mercy College
Contact: Nate Klein, 319-368-1323 or ext. 1630, email@example.com
Ignite ICR is a program for college students and interns working in Greater Iowa City and Cedar Rapids area. This summer event series gives students the opportunity to meet one another, explore our incredible culture, connect with young professionals, and imagine a future for themselves in ICR. More information about summer 2024 will be coming soon. Reach out to Stephanie Verdinez, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
Inclusive ICR is a coalition of employers and organizations working together to support and grow diversity and inclusion in our regional workforce. The coalition guides a collection of strategies designed to support employers, employees, and students.
ICR Future is a coalition of employers, educators, and organizations working together to make Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) the best place in the nation for career-connected learning.
Iowa Workforce Development’s Laborshed Analysis shows the distribution of workers irrespective of natural or political boundaries and detailed information about the available workforce in Greater Iowa City. The analysis is conducted by Iowa Workforce Development every two years and features reports for individual cities as well as regions.
Iowa Workforce Development has an unparalleled Labor Market Information Department. They provide annual reports including the Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Staffing Patterns, Iowa Workforce and the Economy, and Iowa College Student Retention Report. They are also available as a resource for customized reports.