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A New Home and Upgrade

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Geonetric develops websites for more than 500 hospitals, physician groups and clinics around the country, but Saturday they completed their own upgrade.

"It's quite an upgrade," Geonetric President and CEO Eric Engelmann said.

The Cedar Rapids based company moved from their old Glass Road office to a brand new brick building just across the street from Newbo.

"Taking idol land, more or less right in the middle of the city and building on it will just bring it back to life," Engelmann said.

He has seen the city grow in leaps and bounds so he said it's fitting that his company moves downtown into a brand new building with other entrepreneurs.

"Everybody speaks the same language and is doing things in the same technical or creative way. They can meet up and talk about what they're doing together," he said.

For the last ten years, Geonetric has helped other companies make their presence online at their old office.

Now, they're joining a community that'll tell a new story inside the 415 building.

"Someone had to start the first business here," Anne Ohrt said. "We want to preserve the heritage that was here and we want to build on the future successes of the companies that are going to be started here."

415 has seen history fly by. From the first company, Star Wagon Works to Iowa Steel and Manufacturing to now, it will house some of the state's new startups.

"Truly entrepreneural spirit here in this city will be born," Geonetric Facilities and Operations Manager Ohrt said.
Iowa Startup Accelerators, Vault and Converge Consulting will join the Geonetric team to converge and build new businesses here in Corridor.

Each company has their own mission but all gravitate creativity so it's fitting that each floor will tell a unique story.

"We don't want to forget that they started the progress in the city and we are the ones to take the next steps," Ohrt said.

From conference rooms named after city-famous entrepreneurs to the brick and colors, this community honors the key players who started it all.

"There is a lot of talk on how to recruit, attract and train creative class people who like to build and make things," Engelmann said.

"I can't wait to welcome people home here to 415. No that's not a time of day. It's our building number, welcome to 415!"

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