What it is . . . why it’s important
The Technology Corridor is a multi-county region combining the culture and the commuting patterns of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City metropolitan areas and its neighbors.
From energetic cosmopolitan metro areas, friendly communities to the beauty and serenity of the University of Iowa campus, scenic vistas, gentle rolling hillsides and pastoral tranquility, the Corridor is a reflection of diverse businesses, populations and cultural communities.
The Corridor is more than a roadway, passage or route. The Corridor is the historic heart, focal point and business hub of eastern Iowa. There are extraordinary advantages, coalitions and services that make living and doing business in the Corridor compelling.
Sharing a vision for the future
The Corridor’s unique partnerships and collaborations bring powerful potential that encourage an atmosphere of innovation and advancement for every business – large or small – and every resident regardless of origin, background, age, preferences or affiliations.
One of the first examples of Corridor agreements formed the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance (ICCA). ICCA advocates for and promotes its 140-membership representing art, humanities and cultural performances and exhibits in the Johnson and Linn county region and beyond.
And, the Corridor’s public and private cooperation and partnerships exist in every government entity, community and human service organization. Our young professionals are uniquely mentored and contribute to our region’s future through remarkable volunteer leadership opportunities. Access Iowa and Base are two examples of the Corridor’s leading young professional groups.
About the surrounding area
Located along the Iowa River and nestled in the picturesque Iowa and Cedar River valleys, the Corridor offers natural beauty, an outdoor playground and activities for all ages.
The Johnson, Linn counties and the surrounding region overflows with year-round, open-air recreational opportunities for the novice and the robust – hiking, biking, swimming, boating, golfing, sledding, skiing, fishing and sport hunting in season. Indoor leagues and recreation activities flourish for all types, all ages and all seasons. Every year, Corridor communities expand and connect the region with the nature and hard-surface trails. Cedar Rapids communities are ranked as one of the nation’s best areas to raise a family.
Many regional, national and international companies are located or headquartered in the Corridor and offer thousands of professional careers and intern opportunities.
In addition, Iowa is a leader in education, representing a first-rate, skilled workforce. The Iowa City area represents the third most educated metro in the nation – 47 percent of Johnson County adults have a bachelor’s or graduate degree.
Area families enjoy some of the best public and private schools from pre-kindergarten through high school. Post-secondary options are extraordinary providing a lifetime of exceptional learning opportunities.
Iowa City is home to the Big 10 University of Iowa, the state’s largest and oldest university with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. The UI was the first in the nation west of the Mississippi River to admit men and women on an equal basis and the first in the world to accept creative work in theater, writing, music and art on an equal basis with academic research.
Innovative and entrepreneurial companies thrive in an atmosphere of University of Iowa’s academic research and development and new business start-ups. The IOWA Centers for Enterprise integrates economic development activities at the UI. The Centers offer a comprehensive program to promote economic development and technology transfer, provide assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and help the state of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce. The centers’ programs optimize the flow of University intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development. The UI is also home to the Technology Innovation Center, a business incubator, and Oakdale Research Park, one of the largest business office parks in the region.
The University’s 11 colleges are recognized leaders with distinguished research programs in genetics, hydraulics, and speech and hearing. The UI has recorded major innovations in agricultural medicine, biocatalysis, biomedical engineering, biomedical sciences, and pharmacology education. Its graduate programs in audiology, printmaking, creative writing, speech-language pathology, and nursing service administration are first-ranked.
Kirkwood Community College, well-known for its training and the fourth largest institution of learning in the state, was named Community College of the Year and ranked among the top 30 community colleges in the U.S. A number of private institutions of higher learning are also within an easy commute for learners.
The region’s healthcare facilities and alliances represent some of the best in the nation. For the 17th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) among “America’s Best Hospitals.” Health Center USA couples the UIHC research and teaching facility with Mercy Iowa City and the Veterans Administration Medical Center for truly exceptional medical care.
With access to excellent healthcare and an abundance of activities from arts and culture to recreation and spectator sports it’s little wonder retirees flock to Iowa City making the area the No. 3 best location in the nation to retire (Money magazine 2006).
The growing Coral Ridge Mall and Cedar Rapids areas are a retail shopping destination representing a bonanza that attracts visitors from all over.
Our quality of life is extraordinary and unparalleled. Come explore!
posted by: lschreiber