ICR IOWA is the regional economic development organization serving the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids (ICR) metro, a growing region that is home to almost half a million people, the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!), and internationally recognized industries like Collins Aerospace, ACT, and General Mills. What makes us unique? We offer a Big Ten college town lifestyle with a 15-minute commute, award winning PUBLIC schools, and homes that you (or your workforce) can afford without a roommate. We are educated, diverse, urban (or rural if you prefer) and, well, the cool kids of the Midwest. Check us out!
Eastern Iowa Airport
has flights to 13 nonstop destinations
Employment growth rate
Employment growth rate
and Fiber Infrastructure accessibility
Why We Love ICR Iowa
- Our employees are smart and reliable.
- We never worry about earthquakes.
- A 15-minute commute IS rush hour.
- Our kids go to award-winning PUBLIC schools.
- 10 gigabytes is how we roll.
- Have you seen the Kinnick Wave?
- We can all afford houses without roommates.
- Time for dinner parties and little league (see #3).
- Yep, we really are Iowa Nice.
- That Big Ten college vibe! Go Hawks!
New College Grads
Projects with opportunities for new college graduates will find a great pipeline for recruiting in ICR. The University of Iowa and several private colleges in the region generate over 5,000 graduates annually with degrees in liberal arts, computer science, business and finance, engineering, and nursing. Companies who love to be that first employer for new college graduates are a great fit for us.
University Research and Innovation
Projects that would benefit from the centers of research and innovation at the University of Iowa should consider our region. The University of Iowa is nationally and internationally known for medical technology, educational technology and assessment, risk management and actuarial science, hydroscience and engineering, transportation safety research, biocatalysis and bioprocessing, pharmaceutical development, and writing. For more details on these areas of strength, take a look at our key industry sectors.
Is Your Project A Good Fit?
We love Iowa City-Cedar Rapids, but we know it isn’t the right place for every project. Here are the types of projects that will be the most successful in ICR:
Projects offering entry level wages that are $15 or more with competitive benefits are a good fit for our metro. Our most recent laborshed study indicates that 91,000 of our currently employed citizens and 54,900 of our unemployed citizens are likely to accept a new position depending on wage and benefits. If the position offers $15 or more per hour, 50% of those employed candidates and 75% of the unemployed candidates are likely to make the move.
Projects that need high volume water and waste water capacity are a good fit for the City of Cedar Rapids. The city’s water and waste water systems currently have 15 million gallons per day of excess capacity.