You can make your home in the rolling countryside or in a high-rise condo in a culturally vibrant downtown. Career options range from biotech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Year-round recreation and entertainment opportunities abound!
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Iowa City is LIT-erature!
Connected to What Matters
A Place to Put Down Roots
The Fastest Growing City in Iowa
Downtown Iowa City has had an active business association since the turn of the 19th Century after the founding of Iowa City as the original state capitol in 1839. After more than a century of growth, the business association rebranded in 2012 as the Iowa City Downtown District by a successful petition to property owners to generate tax revenue through a Self Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) to enhance Downtown. The ICDD is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization representing property owners and stakeholders in the Downtown and Northside Neighborhoods of Iowa City. They are charged with overseeing the reinvestment of these funds as they advance a mission to steward the area.
Since its inception, the Downtown District continues to forge an exciting and deliberate path forward towards cultural vibrancy, resiliency, and sustainability.
So.6 is a multicultural ecosystem that celebrates diversity and innovation to incubate a business renaissance that enhances the Iowa City experience as a whole. So.6 is dedicated to kindness, inclusivity, understanding, and positive joy. We exist to enhance the value of our place in Iowa City for ourselves, our neighbors and the entire community. We are part of a neighborhood known for bringing people, places and ideas together to share the responsibility of creating change. We seek to genuinely form and maintain reciprocal relationships that have the capacity to create meaningful trust and impactful change while creating space for us to learn more about others and ourselves. We serve southside property owners, businesses, nonprofits, residents of the neighborhood and the entire Iowa City community.
South of 6 Business District focuses entirely on businesses within the boundaries of the SSMIDs that support them.
The Iowa City Downtown District focuses entirely on businesses within the boundaries of the SSMIDs that support them.
The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), or Think Iowa City, was established in 1983 and is the Iowa City area’s official destination management organization. Its goal is to attract more visitors, meetings, groups, and events to the area through destination marketing, outreach and facilitation. Think Iowa City attracts new events, groups and meetings to the community; provides service and support to existing and repeat events; executes and plans events to generate more visitor traffic; and provide comprehensive visitor resources of local information. And if you’re planning a move to the area – they are your go to organization for relocation packets!
Think Iowa City focuses mainly on visitors to our area, and the businesses that support our tourism industry.
Project Better Together (PBT) was the region’s leadership response to COVID-19. PBT proved that regional cooperation is possible and necessary to achieving success. Better Together 2030 builds on that momentum and broadens it into an actionable plan. The All In Vision plan includes strategies for a shared future in Johnson County, Iowa.
BT2030 is a community-wide effort.