ICR IOWA launched in 2017 by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and the Iowa City Area Development Group. This joint venture was developed to ensure Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) prospers through community-aligned business attraction and workforce development. Our partners include the seven counties of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington.
We are ICR IOWA
Here, It's Real.
Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) is home to the University of Iowa; private colleges including Coe, Mount Mercy, and Cornell; and one of the best community colleges in the country, Kirkwood. We love learning and have an economy built in part around educational technology and assessment. Leaders in this field include legacy companies like ACT and Pearson, as well as newer businesses like Leepfrog Technologies and Pear Deck. This industry permeates through our communities where weekly meetups are likely to include lectures by professors, authors, and international leaders. We love to learn!
But education is just one component of our diverse economy. High tech manufacturing continues to thrive in our metro. Collins Aerospace, Quaker Oats, Oral B, Whirlpool, and many others enjoy access to our technical workforce and easy transportation systems. (Did I mention we are at the crossroads of Interstate 80 and 380?) Cereal production is something we are known for, so next time you eat that bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios or Captain Crunch Berries, know you are enjoying something made right here in ICR.
So, this is all great—but what makes us truly special? Our culture.
When you are in the Ped Mall in Downtown Iowa City or in NewBo in Downtown Cedar Rapids, you will find a large collection of locally owned restaurants, markets, quirky shops, restored theaters, wine bars, breweries, and live entertainment venues. The diverse college students and professors, medical professionals, and entrepreneurs generate an atmosphere that can typically only be found in a large city. And we have that amazing culture without the hassles that come with large city living—like congested traffic and high housing costs.
Economic Development Partners
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
The Economic Alliance combines the economic and community development efforts of the former Cedar Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Downtown District and Priority One. Their core functions include business support, business retention & expansion, community development, and public policy. Businesses located in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area in need of assistance should connect with the EA team.
Iowa City Area Development Group
ICAD enhances the quality of Iowa City Area communities by serving the business development needs of interstate commerce companies in all stages of growth and development. Interstate commerce companies and entrepreneurs in the Iowa City Area who are searching for resources, connectivity, or assistance with an expansion should connect with the ICAD team.
Local Utility Partners
Local Economic Development Partners
- Benton Development Group
- Cedar Rapids Tourism
- Hiawatha Economic Development Corporation (HEDCO)
- Iowa City Area Business Partnership
- Iowa City Downtown District
- Iowa County Economic Development Commission
- Jones County Economic Development
- Marion Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO)
- Tipton Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO)
- Think Iowa City
- Vinton Unlimited
- Washington Economic Development Group (WEDG)
- West Liberty Economic Area Development (WeLead)