seven-county map of Iowa's Creative Corridor

Seven County Region

Iowa’s Creative Corridor is home to a half million creative residents and covers 4400 square miles in eastern Iowa including the seven county region of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.

It is a shared identity that represents the people, places and ideals of the 7-county region which encompasses the entire Kirkwood Community College service area. It represents the pride and actions that make our region prosperous and vibrant. It pays homage to our region’s historical strengths in art, science and technology, and captures our aspirations for an even more collaborative, innovative and imaginative region. Everyone in the region is welcome and encouraged to use this shared identity proudly in community, corporate and non-profit communications. It’s a way to show what we all work together to strengthen and celebrate this place that we love.

As far North as Coggon in Linn County and as far South as Brighton in Washington County. As far East as Oxford Junction in Jones County and as far West as Belle Plaine in Benton County. These towns and every community in-between make up Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

Square Miles
Fortune 500 Companies
People Strong

Where Imagination Drives Innovation.

The Corridor is home to more than two dozen municipalities, multiple higher education facilities, the world-famous Iowa Writer’s Workshop, dozens of arts organizations, 30 Fortune 500 companies and more than a dozen international organizations.

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Getting Creative: Giving Tree Theater

November 20, 2017

Old Creamery Theatre - Jackie McCall

Getting Creative: Jackie McCall

October 24, 2017


Automated Cars

September 28, 2017



July 23, 2017


Iowa’s Creative Corridor is led by the Regional Branding Task Force.

Regional Branding Task Force Members

David Hensley, University of Iowa
Chuck Peters, Gazette Communications
John Lohman, Corridor Business Journal
Chad Simmons, Diversity Focus
Diane Ramsey, Rockwell Collins
Curt Nelson, Entrepreneurial Development Center
Doug Elliott, East Central Iowa Council of Governments
Eric Hanson, Iowa City Area Development Group
Geoff Fruin, City of Iowa City
Josh Schamberger, Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty Conventions & Visitors Bureau
Kate Minette, Pearson
Kelly McCann, Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
Kim Becicka, Kirkwood Community College
Bob Hoke, Nyemaster Goode
Robyn Hepker, Benson & Hepker Design
Steve Erickson, Henry Russell Bruce
Jessica Johnson, Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance
Pam Hinman, Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance

Website Content Collaborators

Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Iowa City Area Development (ICAD)

Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College communications and marketing staff facilitates the Iowa’s Creative Corridor regional branding and website. If you are interested in contributing content to this website, contact Dawn L. Jones at iowacreativecorridor@gmail.com or 319-398-4920.