Rural Development

Greater Iowa City rural areas have a stable and growing economy; each community has an increasing business mix.

They are working to improve their downtown climate, with plans to add housing developments. The unincorporated areas have land, buildings, and workforce ready to support your business. Maintaining their small town pride, these communities are ready to grow and strengthen their assets.

Greater Iowa City, Inc’s Rural Development Director, Sarah Thompson, works with Johnson County to ensure that starting or moving your business here is simple and supported. Sarah can also connect you to the Agri-Tourism group. This group is eager to grow rural greater Iowa City into an agritourism destination. They can help with cross-promotion, information, and support of your business idea on a local farm.


We are dedicated to creating resources and an ecosystem to help businesses thrive.
We can guide you to the support you need.

Sarah Thompson

Director of Rural Development