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Unlocking Economic Potential through the CRANDIC Railway

CRANDIC in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty Iowa

The greater Iowa City area has a unique asset that connects Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty together – a short line railroad historically named the “CRANDIC.” With its name stemming from “Cedar Rapids and Iowa City,” the company was established in 1904. This type of short line railroad plays a crucial role in the […]

New AgriTourism Brand Launches in Johnson County

Agritourism in Johnson County Iowa

Organized by Greater Iowa City, Inc. (Greater IC), local agritourism businesses spent the last year collaborating to create a collective brand. This brand will be used to promote rural businesses with tourism and agriculture experiences that showcase the area’s rich tapestry of farms, food, and fun. The brand name is Agri-CULTURE Iowa. The logo includes […]

Arts & Humanities Has Earned Its Place as an Economic Driver

Arts and humanities in Iowa City, Coralville, and North Liberty

Aspiring to be the “Greatest Small City for the Arts,” the economic impact of the arts & humanities industry is anything but small for Iowa City. Iowa City is widely recognized as a vibrant hub where arts & humanities flourish. The state recently designated downtown Iowa City as an official Iowa Cultural & Entertainment District. […]

Activating Grant Opportunities in Rural Johnson County

Small town in Johnson County, Iowa

Sarah Thompson, Greater IC’s Director of Rural Development, is working with rural communities to support grant writing and disseminate information on funding available from Johnson County this July. The Johnson County Board of Supervisors recently announced the allocation of $300,000 of grant funding to support nonprofit organizations that are at the forefront of economic innovation […]

Semiconductor Production Leverages Greater Iowa City’s Advanced Manufacturing Cluster

Advanced Manufacturing research at the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories

Among the various advanced manufacturing sectors in the greater Iowa City area, semiconductor manufacturing is rising to the top and leading the future of economic development in this industry cluster. This sector is experiencing a pivotal moment due to an influx of federal funding. Our area is uniquely positioned to take advantage of this investment […]

Driving Economic Growth through Industry Clustering

workforce from Johnson County, Iowa in the biosciences industry cluster

This month, we dive into industry clustering. Industry clustering refers to the geographical concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and institutions within a particular sector. This phenomenon creates a synergistic environment where companies can benefit from shared resources, specialized labor pools, knowledge spillovers, and collaborative opportunities.   The greater Iowa City area has the necessary local ingredients […]