About Iowa's Creative Corridor

Iowa's Creative Corridor, in Eastern Iowa, is anchored by the crossroads of Interstates 80 and 380, and includes the seven counties of Linn, Johnson, Benton, Jones, Iowa, Cedar and Washington.

Listen closely and you can hear the voice of Iowa's Creative Corridor all the way from the East Coast to the Far East. Because, here, the evolution and growth of pioneering ideas that advance and improve life are the norm.

Every day, from the books we read and the films we see to the foods we eat and the healthcare we receive, Iowa's Creative Corridor touches our lives in many thousands of ways.

By cultivating a culture of innovation, ideas are grown that sustain the world. Knowledge gets turned into power by a thriving creative network and powerfully connected entrepreneurial community that nurtures and supports idea generation and execution.

A remarkable combination of resources has conspired to make Iowa's Creative Corridor a wellspring of intellectual and artistic pursuits, as well as science, commerce and industry. The highly esteemed Iowa Writers' Workshop, and iconic American brands such as Quaker Oats, General Mills and Rockwell Collins, have generated a strong current of talent and influence that continues to flow consistently from the region, touching and persuading lives of people everywhere. The mark they have left on our academic, literary, business and scientific landscapes is indelible.

Recognized as a center of creative and economic renaissance, Iowa's Creative Corridor draws innovators ranging from Pulitzer-Prize winning writers to research engineers and digital cottage industries to some of the world's most advanced companies.

Here, their inspiration and energy are ignited, new directions are encouraged and positive change is generated.

Minutes away from high-tech resources

The University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College and other public and private educational institutions provide area businesses with the education, training, research and development support necessary to innovate change.

Dynamic tech-based companies like ACT, Integrated DNA Technologies and Genencor International with operations in the Corridor have made the region a "high-tech prairie powerhouse" according to California's Milken Institute.

The region also receives high rankings annually on Milken's "Best Performing Cities" index.

In addition to the synergies with existing companies, new and expanding businesses can look forward to having abundant energy, public utilities, telecommunications infrastructure, transportation and a talented, quality workforce.

Unique Partnership

The economic development professionals in our seven county region are dedicated to creating a vital regional economy through strong partnerships, cooperation and collaboration among business and community leaders, educators, and municipal and state governments.

Our economic development groups have helped large and small interstate commerce companies with location assistance, expansion, and workforce development, and we are ready to assist you.