Link2In the CBJ: P&G revisiting its relocation plans in Iowa City
More than a year and a half ago, consumer products giant Procter & Gamble announced it would cut 500 jobs at its Iowa City facility and shift production of hair and body care lines to a new mega-plant in West Virginia.
Now, the company says it is making "some adjustments" to its timeline, and plans to actually hire up to 100 additional workers at its 2200 Lower Muscatine Road site throughout the transition to West Virginia - and potentially beyond.
A P&G spokesman told the CBJ that ads for the new positions were "imminent," including some set to run on local radio.
"The gist of the situation is that we are getting ready to hire for Iowa City," said Patrick Blair, a member of P&G's global communications leadership team. "We need all the folks we can get. P&G is crushing it ... and there is a lot going on in West Virginia."
It is still unclear whether the company is committed to operating the Iowa City facility on an extended or permanent basis as it shifts operations to its new Tabler Station plant, which will eventually encompass 2.5 million square feet. P&G is currently conducting a site study to identify potential uses for the Iowa City facility, with all options on the table.
In emailed responses to questions, local P&G officials said a number of employees have already transferred to West Virginia or other locations, while others would transfer in the coming year.
At the same time, they said, " We plan to hire up to 100 new employees to enable continued strong performance at the 2200 Lower Muscatine site throughout the transition," adding, "We are committed to high standards for quality, safety and customer service, and having a strong P&G workforce is a top priority."
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CCollins Aerospace executive calms local jitters

Phil Jasper
Collins Aerospace Mission Systems President Phil Jasper predicted stability but little growth in the company's Corridor workforce in some of the first public comments from local leaders since the new company was formed 10 months ago following United Technologies' $30 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins.

"If history is an indicator in terms of what we do for Collins Aerospace, we're doing well," Mr. Jasper told members of Cedar Rapids' Downtown Rotary Club on Monday, urging calm about the company's future in the region. He said the company is expecting little employment growth, but cast that prediction in a positive light.
"If you can get that stability in the workforce, it's good for all of us," he said, adding that the company has added about 1,000 employees over the last few years. 

Mr. Jasper said Collins Aerospace isn't struggling due to the FAA's grounding of Boeing's 737 Max 8 aircraft, which has an abundance of Collins Aerospace equipment, and is working with Boeing to pace production to its needs.

Two of six Collins Aerospace business units are based in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Jasper leads Mission Systems, which primarily designs and manufactures military products such as radios, GPS, and training and simulation systems. Steve Timm leads Avionics, which manufactures electronics used for aircraft flight decks, cabin systems, sensors and fire suppression systems.

Across Iowa, Collins Aerospace has an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion and spends $175 million with about 600 suppliers, Mr. Jasper said. About 10,500 of the company's 70,000 employees are based in Iowa, Mr. Jasper said, including 9,000 located in the Corridor.
Diversity Straight Up hosts Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington. PHOTO BEN HIGH 
It turns out that diversity can be, well, stereotyped.
It's often defined as having to do only with race, ethnicity and gender - especially in today's society, where political events seem to be feeding a fire of racial and gender conflict.
But true diversity is about so much more, say Sarika Bhakta and Anthony Arrington, the hosts of a new podcast called Diversity Straight Up, launching this week from the Corridor Business Journal.
Diversity encompasses disabilities, interests, religion, our management styles, our life experiences, mental health, and even "privilege," Mr. Arrington says, referring to a word meant to capture the practical reality that white men have historically received built-in advantages of which they may not even be aware.
Considering all the ways diversity can be defined, an exponentially larger number of methods exist for modern-day companies to foster it and celebrate it. Ms. Bhakta and Mr. Arrington, both longtime experts in the fields of diversity and business consulting, hope to illuminate listeners on how executives at leading companies are making our differences part of their corporate approach, through honest, authentic conversations.
"We need to broaden our horizon of what diversity looks like," said Ms. Bhakta, who first approached the CBJ about the show concept. "We're all about being able to unpackage terminology. And 'diversity' doesn't always resonate with everyone. We need to go beyond, to what diversity means. Diversity really means 'differences.'"
"The problem is, the pendulum has focused so much on race and gender, it has put the word of 'diversity' in defensive mode for the 55-year-old white male ... We want to unpack the terminology so that everyone in a company understands, they are all diverse."
Read this full profile at corridorbusiness.com, and look for the pilot episode of Diversity Straight Up this Friday at corridorbusiness.com and your favorite podcast apps.
College juniors and seniors will have a new opportunity to explore Cedar Rapids' culture, amenities and quality of life thanks to a new program offered by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance. 
The program, called CR City Tour, will show students the entertainment venues, public art, restaurant scene and more available in the city. They will also view a variety of core district housing options, recreational attractions and hear from other young professionals about their experiences in Cedar Rapids. 

The inaugural tour will take place from noon-5 p.m. on Oct. 9. Participants will meet at noon at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library, 450 Fifth Ave. SE. A bus will leave the library at 1 p.m. 

"The Economic Alliance is dedicated to helping the Cedar Rapids community and our region address workforce needs," said Jordan Atwater, leadership and business programs specialist with the Economic Alliance, in a news release. "The CR City Tour is just one new opportunity we've developed to reach this important demographic of future workforce. We plan to welcome these future graduates and make it clear we want them to consider living here in Cedar Rapids."

For more information or to to sign up, click here. Limited spots are available.

Union Block
Mount Pleasant's Union Block is one of 20 sites nationally competing for public votes to 
win $2 million in grant money from the Partners in Preservation: Main Street program.

Partners in Preservation is an initiative created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to engage the public in preserving America's historic places. Since its inception in 2006, Partners in Preservation has committed more than $25 million in support of more than 250 historic sites.

This year's campaign will have a special emphasis on historic buildings and sites that celebrate the contributions of women in Main Street communities across America. 
The Union Block building, constructed in 1861, has anchored the north side of the Mount Pleasant square for 158 years. In 1869, it was where Belle Babb Mansfield passed her bar exam and became the first female lawyer in the United States. Ms. Mansfield then became active in the local, state and national women's suffrage movement, including chairing the first Iowa Women's Suffrage Convention in Mount Pleasant in 1870. 
Continuously occupied until ravaged by fire in 2011, the building was renovated and rededicated in 2014. Funding will help restore the east side gable and install 32 storm windows for the trefoil windows.

To place your vote, visit  VoteYourMainStreet.org Voting closes Oct. 29. 

Sept. 24
Business Start-Up Basics Seminar, SCORE of East Central Iowa, 6-8 p.m., Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Road, Hiawatha. This three-session series will cover entrepreneurship (including myths and realities), an overview of marketing planning, the legal structure of your business and start-up funding. Cost: $59. To register, visit bit.ly/33GUf0m.
Sept. 25
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Cedar Rapids, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Geonetric, 415 12th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more. Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MCICR.
1 Million Cups, by 1MC Iowa City, 9-10 a.m., MERGE, 136 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. Join for community connections, free coffee and presentations by entrepreneurs, established companies, experts and more . Free. For more information, visit facebook.com/1MillionCupsIC/ .
Freund-Vector Corporation Ribbon Cutting, by Marion Chamber of Commerce, 5 p.m., Freund-Vector Corp., 675 44th St., Marion. Join the company as it celebrates the completion of its new global laboratory. Free. For more information, visit bit.ly/2k86xNa.
Sept. 26
A Celebration of Women Helping Women, by Professional Women's Network, 7:30-9:30 a.m., The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Michelle Niermann, president and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids, will be the guest speaker. Tickets: $40, or $350 for a table of 10. To register, visit conta.cc/2Kk6HLI.
Hawkeye on Safety, by Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Coralville Marriott, 300 E. Ninth St. This annual conference provides life-saving health and safety information to workers from all industries, with an emphasis on facilities management and the building trades. Cost: $45. To register, visit bit.ly/2kuSvFF.
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Ellis Harbor tenants tell CBS2/FOX 28 their sidewalks are a safety issue that's been getting worse for years. On Monday night, Ellis Harbor tenants and city leaders held a meeting at the Cedar Rapids Public Works building to talk about ways to solve the problem. Ellis Harbor tenant Samantha Slaybaugh bought her houseboat in 2010. At the time, she says, the sidewalks were just beginning to collapse. "Since then nothing has been done with them. They've gotten to the point where now they're just really unsafe, as you can tell there's one behind us that's been collapsed for five years," said Ms. Slaybaugh. Multiple people who rent at Ellis Harbor have taken to social media to bring light to the issue. Ms. Slaybaugh and others are concerned for the safety of people who visit the area. Read the full story here
One person is in the hospital after an early-morning vehicle versus moped crash in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police say they were called just before 6 a.m. Monday morning to Blairs Ferry Road and C Avenue for the accident. Investigators determined the moped driver, a 28-year-old male, was hit by the vehicle on the left side of the moped. The moped operator was rushed to the hospital with a  leg injury and is in serious condition. CRPD is still investigating the crash.
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A cold front will be moving through late tonight. Out ahead of it, winds will pick up out of the south and bring warmer, more humid air this afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s and it will be a bit muggy outside. There will be some scattered showers and thunderstorms moving in from northwest to southeast after 9 p.m. The rain will wind down before daybreak Wednesday and drier air starts to move back in. It will feel more comfortable Wednesday with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70s.