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Iowa City Gallery Walk is fun!

This Friday (March 6), the streets of Iowa City become walkways to art.

Visitors can view art in galleries, businesses and nonprofit organizations’ public spaces. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great way to view numerous art works by a variety of artists.

Eighteen locations will celebrate the work of artists.

Local artist, Astrid Bennett is organizer of the event.

Exhibits include:

AKAR, 257 E. Iowa Ave.;
Arts Iowa City, 103 E. College St.;
Bella Joli, 125 S. Dubuque St.;
Chait Galleries, 218 E. Washington St.;
The Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St.;
Glassando, 201 S. Clinton St.;
Home Ec Workshop, 207 N. Linn St.;
Iowa Artisans Gallery, 207 E. Washington St.;
Iowa City Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St.;
Lasansky Gallery, 703 S. Clinton St.;
MC Ginsberg, 110 Washington St.;
MidWestOne Bank, 102 S. Clinton St.;
Modela, 323 E. Market St.;
RSVP, 140 N. Linn St.;
The Soap Opera, 119 E. College St.;
United Action for Youth, 355 Iowa Ave.;
US Bank, 204 E. Washington St.; and
West Bank, Dubuque and Burlington St.

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View masterful gardens, get gardening tips from experts

In 2007, 71 percent of all U.S. households or an estimated 82 million households participated in one or more types of lawn and garden activities.

These numbers make gardening the fourth most popular hobby and leisure activity, tied with fishing. According to Harris Interactive, the most popular activities is reading followed by watching TV.

Corridorians can view some of the regions’ best gardens to get creative ideas for landscaping, ponds and flower beds on Saturday, June 14, from The first Master Gardener’s Garden Walk will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk, presented by Iowa State University Extension Linn County Master Gardeners, features five diverse gardens with beds highlighting creative landscaping, ornamental grasses, conifers, vegetables, perennials, containers, and ponds.

Master Gardeners will be available at all sites to answer questions and offer advice.

The cost is $5 for adults or $10 for families. Maps and information is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/linn click on Garden Walk, or call 319.447.0647.

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Access Iowa opens access to careers, opportunity, leadership and more!

Access Iowa is the Corridor’s premier young professional connection. It is “The place” where young professionals — and those young at heart — work to strengthen the Corridor for a brighter future.

AI members are young leaders who are changing the way business rules and how our communities work. They don’t wait for something to happen. They make things happen. And, these efforts pay big dividends for our Corridor communities.

Through their individual and collective actions, AI members help Corridor businesses attract, retain and develop tomorrow’s leaders – today. This diverse group unites generations, businesses and groups, and crosses cultures and ethnicities in a fun-filled approach to encourage purposeful, meaningful action.

This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization offers young professionals a triple track of opportunities specifically suited to individual interests: social, networking or philanthropic endeavors. From quarterly networking exchanges and connections with elected officials to book club chats, leadership brownbag discussions and a day at the state Capitol, AI members meet and greet to trade ideas and mentor newcomers.

Together Access Iowa members click, connect and construct networks and programs to make life in the Corridor exceptional. They cooperate to get a job done, mobilizing quickly to bring together an inclusive group for a worthy cause, to educate others or to help elect a candidate to office.

Last month (January 2008), the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance awarded the Access Iowa “Get on Boards/Got on Boards” community program a 2008 Icky Award, recognizing excellence and innovation. AI training helped members find opportunities to serve their communities on public boards and commissions.

We Corridorians recognize our young people represent the future – our future. Our young professionals will help us transition into tomorrow. We’re all fortunate, AI is here to help with the transformation . . . very fortunate.

Access Iowa members seize the day . . . every day and every minute! We’re proud to call AI members friends and colleagues.

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Corridor life ranked ‘green’

Quality of life

Country Home magazine ranks two Corridor communities “green.”

Iowa City No. 18 and Cedar Rapids No. 74 “best green cities in America.” The study of 379 major metro areas was administered in conjunction with Sperling’s BestPlaces. Twenty-four data metrics in five major categories were reviewed to determine which metro areas are the best places to live a green life.

The metrics considered included: mass transit use and other practices of each place’s population, green power policies, biofuel and wind power availability, number of green-certified buildings, farmers markets, organic producers, and air and watershed quality. Data was collected from sources which include the Census Bureau, the U.S. Green Building Council, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the GreenPeople.org online directory.

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Corridor life among the best in the nation

Recent media reports indicate Corridor communities and Iowa are among the best in the nation to live, work and play. Population and per capita income are up and the region is a great place to launch a business!

Read on . . .

Forbes rankings and ratings

Forbes magazine ranks Corridor metro areas among the best in the nation for business. Cedar Rapids No. 44 in the U.S. for business and careers. Iowa City is ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ “best small places for business and careers.”

Forbes ranks Iowa City ranks No. 8 “Up and Coming Tech Cities.” The magazine credits new venture capital and private equity firms that target renewable energy start-ups and the Grow Iowa Value Fund support of the University of Iowa’s Centers for Enterprise.

The 2008 Forbes’ America’s Smartest Cities Web site list names Iowa City No. 10 in the U.S. The list ranks cities based on the percentage of the population age 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree. Information is posted to Sperling’s BestPlaces at www.bestplaces.net.

Forbes Small Business magazine ranks Iowa City No. 21 of 100 “Best Small Places to Live and Launch” a business or career. The rating is based on a mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. The magazine states: “In recent years the economic Corridor that stretches from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids has emerged as a powerful locus of economic growth, not only in film, but also in computer simulation, bioengineering and renewable energy.”

University of Iowa

Financial Times named University of Iowa Tippie College of Business graduate accounting program among the world’s top 10. Tippie School of Management overall MBA program is No. 55 in the world; and No. 25 in the nation.

The University of Iowa is listed No. 1 in funding by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health. Grant funding to UI by the NIDCR for fiscal year 2007 totaled more than $12 million. The amount represents grant recipients from across the entire UI campus.

Population and income

Corridor communities rank among top 100 cities for income growth

Iowa tied two states (Massachusetts and Hawaii) for No. 8 per capita income growth for the period 2006 to 2007. According to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Iowa’s personal income grew 6 percent from $33,038 to $35,023. The national per capita personal income national growth was 5.2 percent to $38,611. In 2006, Cedar Rapids per capita personal income was $35,344, ranking No. 97 among metro areas nationwide; Iowa City’s per capita personal income was $35,936 ranking the city No. 88 nationwide.

Iowa becomes a metro state, Corridor communities gain population

Since the 2000 U.S. Census, 23 Iowa counties grew. Of those, 20 counties have metro area or are adjacent to one. The largest growth was in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Des Moines metros.

Johnson County (12.8 percent) and Linn County (7 percent) leads eastern Iowa growth. Iowa’s population is now 2,988,044 representing a 59,800 population growth.

During the period July 1, 2000, to July 1, 2007, Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) grew from 23,320 to 252,784; Iowa City MSA grew from 131,676 to 147,038 and Des Moines from 481,394 to 546,599.

Iowa City’s population grew 1.7 percent for a gain of 2,389 residents from 2006 to 2007. Cedar Rapids population grew 1.3 percent during the same time period. Johnson County gained 2,222 residents for a total of 125,692, from July 2006 to July 2007, ranking No. 4 in the state with a 1.8 population growth.

Linn County went from 192,293 to 205,836 – a growth of 13,543 people; Johnson County went from 111,474 to 125,692 – a growth of 14,218 people.

The nation grew by 7 percent during the same time period; the Midwest region grew 3 percent overall. (Three-fourths of the state’s 99 counties lost population since 2000.)

Of Iowa City population, ages 25 and older, 42.26 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher. More than 91 percent graduated high school, 4.35 percent have a doctorate and 4.02 percent have a professional degree.

State rankings

Iowa ranks No. 1 in egg production, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and studies by Iowa State University Extension.

Iowa is No. 1 “Best Quality of Life” and “Best States for Business” – “Forbes” magazine

Iowa is No. 2 in healthcare – Commonwealth Fund State Scorecard

Iowa students are ranked No. 3 in the nation for composite ACT scores

Iowa ranked No. 4 nationally in capital investment – “U.S. Investment Monitor 2006” report by Ernst & Young and Quantitative Economics and Statistics Practice

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Food competition features Corridor chefs

If you’re a local foodie you won’t want to miss Iron Chef Iowa City. The competition will be held Friday, April 4, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the University of Iowa’s Iowa Memorial Union on Madison Street.

The free event is sponsored by the UI Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts as part of the “Food, Ethnic Identities and Memory” symposium which includes four food-themed lectures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that same day.

Just like its cable namesake, teams of three chefs from the Iowa Memorial Union, Zins restaurant in Cedar Rapids and the New Pioneer Co-op will be given surprise ingredients and will have 15 minutes to improvise a recipe. They will have one hour to prepare a main dish and side dishes if they wish.

Four cameras cover the competition and broadcast live shots of the chefs in action. “Play-by-play” commentary and interviews will be projected on a screen for audience members.

The winning team will receive a plaque and a feature story in the Edible Iowa River Valley magazine featuring their winning recipes.

Marcia Hughes, vice president of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, a local actress and singer, will serve as emcee. Commentators include Floyd Akins, senior director for development at the UI Foundation; Rikki Saltzman, folklorist for the state of Iowa; and Michael Knock, food writer for the Iowa City Press-Citizen.


Five judges will determine the competition winners: UI President Sally Mason and her husband, UI lecturer Ken Mason; Joe Jennison, executive director of Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance, Beth Bewley, executive director of The Englert Theatre and president of the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance; and Wendy Wasserman, publisher of Edible Iowa River Valley.

Co-sponsors of the cookoff are IMU Food Services, Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance and Edible Iowa River Valley magazine. The UI College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Harry Oster Folklore and Folk Music Memorial Fund, the Graduate College and the Office of the Provost provided funding for the event.

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