Strategy & Leadership Programs

Innovation Councils

Businesses and community leaders guide the work of Greater Iowa City, Inc. (Greater IC) through Innovation Councils.

Each council is intended to be a working group comprised of individuals who have experience and understanding to conduct outreach and develop the work. There are opportunities for CEO’s, directors, and other leaders who are given the time to tackle issues and partner with Greater IC staff to facilitate the programs.


Executive Council

The Executive Council includes public and private investors that are responsible for the guidance and oversight of Greater IC’s functions and budget. They oversee local data and research to support long term initiatives that benefit the larger community and collaborate with the municipalities, county, and University of Iowa to support and sustain future area leaders. They also oversee the advocacy direction for Greater IC, including policy and legislative affairs as well as local advocacy that impacts our business community.

Business Support Innovation Council

The Business Support Innovation Council offers business-led guidance to support local employers with special initiatives and professional development. This council is dedicated to the advancement of supporting particularly small, emerging, and locally owned companies.

Economic Development Innovation Council

The Economic Development Innovation Council provides strategic direction on business attraction, business retention, business expansion, and investment strategies making the greater Iowa City area the choice for new companies and their executives.

Community Development Innovation Council

The Community Development Innovation Council focuses on growing activity centers and commercial neighborhoods to support community-wide livability. The council provides opportunities for businesses to collaborate on public / private projects. It includes workforce solutions like transportation, childcare, and housing.

Our voice. Your business.

Greater Iowa City, Inc. advocates for economic growth policies on the local, state and federal levels.

We collaborate with the business community, local stakeholders, and regional partners to develop our yearly policy agenda to create a unified voice for the region. We are a non-partisan organization that does not endorse or donate to political candidates. We support First Amendment rights for all people and encourage elected officials, candidates, and citizens to be civil during discussions and debates on policy issues and when expressing political opinions. We are committed to leading by example.

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and Greater Iowa City, Inc. annually recommend and support positions on key policy issues affecting our region and state’s economic growth. These recommendations are made with significant input from our combined 2,000 members, investors, partners, and community stakeholders.

Leadership Programs

Executive Leadership Program (ELP)

We have teamed up with the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business to bring you this special leadership program!

Through four day-long sessions, participants experience an immersive deep-dive into today’s most pressing leadership challenges and learn tools to successfully lead and grow their business. Each session is facilitated by an engaging expert affiliated with the Tippie Leadership Collaborative.

ELP Class of 2023

Community Leadership Program (CLP)

Our premier leadership program was created in 1990 and was formed to foster informed, well-equipped invested leaders. Through the program’s life, more than 700 current and future leaders have gained insight into the issues, opportunities, strengths and challenges within our community. CLP is a year-long program, including 11 sessions. Applications open each spring.

CLP Class of 2023-2024

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