Why We Create Here

Why our residents call
Iowa's Creative Corridor home.

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seven-county map of Iowa's Creative Corridor

Our seven-county region is the proud home of a half million people who create in Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington.

Our mission is to connect, celebrate and support all those who dream big, push boundaries, and create here to become an ever-thriving region, with residents building innovative organizations, participating in vibrant communities by unleashing the talent in our people, connecting them across generations, sectors, geographies and silos, and to inspire everyone with the stories of game-changing ideas and inventions created HERE.

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ear Deck Wins Rise of the Rest at SXSW

Pear Deck Takes Austin – Wins “Rise of the Rest” Pitch Competition and Nabs Investment from AOL co-founder!

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Photo Provided By ICAD Pear Deck nabs investment from AOL co-founder! AOL co-founder!Big congrats to Iowa City’s Pear Deck for winning the Rise of the Rest pitch competition at South by read more

The Success Institute

The Success Institute – April 2015-March 2016

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Kirkwood Community College along with The Marion Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, the Iowa City Area Development Group, and MEDCO are partnering to offer The Success Institute. read more


Building Swagger Campaign: #PlantTheFlag Challenge

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Each of the 1,000 valued Economic Alliance members at our recent Annual Meeting received two Iowa’s Creative Corridor flags as part of our ongoing Building Swagger campaign. The campaign is read more

Up on the Wooftop: Three-year-old Russell Terrior named Sammi (known as Toby in the film).

Up on the Wooftop

March 2, 2015

David Gott | David's Famous Gourmet Frozen Custard

David’s Famous

February 4, 2015

College Raptor

College Raptor

January 22, 2015

Joe Clarke, Backrow Studios

Santa and Savior

December 24, 2014

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"Iowa's Creative Corridor brings together the half a million people who live in our seven county area to focus on working together, celebrating our successes and empowering people to Create HERE."

− John Lohman, Corridor Business Journal

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Iowa’s Creative Corridor


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Cedar Rapids night skyline photo featured in our “Why We Create Here” slide courtesy of Ben Kaplan.
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“Why We Create Here” video created by Bocce Ball Multimedia Studio.
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