Economic Development

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The Economic Development Division assists both existing businesses and those considering starting, expanding, or relocating to Iowa City. The Division serves as the City's primary point of contact for all business needs.

Why do business in Iowa City? 

Iowa City is a growing, but historic city. The original capitol of the state, and home of the University of Iowa, Iowa City is known as one of the most creative towns in the country. With decades of some of the world's most famous writers and artists having lived and worked here, it's a town like no other. 

With almost a constant flow of tourists coming for festivals, concerts, and Big 10 sporting events, Iowa City is a dynamic town perfect for young entrepreneurs looking to find their footing, or established businesses that are searching for a new spark. 

The Council Economic Development Committee

The duty of the Council Economic Development Committee (CEDC) is to guide the Economic Development activities of Iowa City by using the following vision, mission and objectives.

Meetings of the CEDC are held as needed. Details about the committee can be found here.

Vision Statement

Iowa City aspires to be a global community defined by the creativity, diversity and innovation of its residents and businesses.