Focus Groups

The outcomes from the Think-Tank were shared at 13 Focus Group sessions held in October and November 2021.

Each county hosted at least one in-person Focus Group to capture input specific to that county. An additional 6 industry sector Focus Groups (hybrid format) were also held to capture the input of those who work or study in the field. These sessions reviewed the accumulated results from the project and began to define the priorities, strategies and action steps needed to place East Central Iowa on the trajectory towards its preferred future.

Schedule of Focus Groups

October 20, 2021
Jones County, Monticello City Council Chambers, 9:00am-11:00am
October 21, 2021
Washington County, Washington Public Library, 9:30am-11:30am
Benton & Iowa Counties, Fireside Winery, 2:00pm-4:00pm
October 22, 2022
Food & Bio-Processing, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 8:00am-9:30am
Insurance & Finance, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 10:30am-12:00pm
Engineering & Automation, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 1:30pm-3:00pm
October 25
Main Street & Small Business, Location TBD, 9:00am-10:30am
Education Technology & Services, MERGE Iowa City, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Bio-Technology & Medical Technology, BioVentures Center, 2:30pm-4:00pm
October 26
Jones County, Lawrence Community Center, 9:00am-11:00am
November 15
Linn County, Location TBD, 8:00am-10:00am
Linn County, Virtual Session, 1:00pm-3:00pm


For more information about ECICOG’s CEDS Project, please contact:

Karen M. Kurt, Executive Director ECICOG
East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Phone: (319) 365-9941 Ext. 122