Going the Extra Mile

Date Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cedar Valley Corp.’s company philosophy has always been one of giving back to the industry and communities from which its livelihood is drawn. Because of their philanthropic attitude and generous employees, they were presented with the 2013 Bravo Award by the Associated General Contractors of Iowa at the annual convention in January 2014.

The Bravo Award is bestowed in recognition of a company's substantial contribution to Iowa through community service and philanthropy, and for serving as a leading example of corporate responsiveness on the part of the construction industry.

Numerous organizations benefited from a generous donation to the Community Foundation of Waterloo/Cedar Falls & Northeast Iowa including: The Junior League of Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Waterloo Community Schools Foundation, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, West High Athletic Foundation, Cedar Valley United Way, and the University of Northern Iowa Foundation. Cedar Valley continues to give monetary support to the AGC of Iowa Foundation and the AGC Education and Research Foundation.  They also support the Hawkeye Community College Truck Driver & Transportation program and have endowed a scholarship that is awarded annually to a heavy highway construction engineering student each year at Iowa State University. In addition to the listed organizations, Cedar Valley also contributed to Junior Achievement of Waterloo, ConE Learning Community, Assumption High School, The ALS Association, Iowa Hospice, Hudson Days Parade Committee, Alzheimer’s Association, Cedar Valley United Way Women’s Philanthropy Connection Publication, Siouxland Humane Society, Avera Holy Family Hospice, and Bremer County Veteran Affairs. In addition, they adopted several families over the holiday season and provided them with food for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as gifts for each member of the family.

The Associated General Contractors of Iowa Bravo Awards program was initiated in 2000 to recognize those member firms who are involved in improving the quality of life in their community and who project a positive image for the construction industry through contributions of funds, labor, materials, equipment and leadership. In many communities throughout the state, our members are leading corporate citizens, and with this comes a degree of responsibility for philanthropy. The members honored with Bravo Awards go the extra mile to try to improve the quality of life in their communities through contributions of cash, labor, materials, equipment and project management. Benefactors include community and recreation centers, youth organizations, schools and colleges, charitable organizations, health service groups, and many more. The Bravo Award is the highest award that the chapter can present to a member company.