Category Archives: Why it’s great to live here

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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Listen to local Irish music and help our community!

Music for Meals is a benefit performance with refreshments, silent auction, and prizes to support the opening of a new local food pantry.

A new food pantry is opening in Coralville to help support the need for local food assistance. Between the flood and faltering economy, the Coralville region is reporting a rise in need by as much as 15 percent from last year.

On February 20, 2009 from 7-10 pm join your community at the North Ridge Pavilion in Coralville for “Music for Meals” and enjoy traditional Irish music performed b The Beggarmen.   They are renowned for their fierce playing of reels and jigs as well as for their elegant, layered renditions of beautiful ballads and slow airs. Opening for The Beggarmen will be soprano Dannye Frerichs and pianist David Evans performing Irish songs.
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More Ways for Young Professionals to Get Involved!

Convey a positive message about Iowa with the Young Professionals of Iowa

Young Professionals of Iowa, or YPIowa as it’s called, believes that those of us not part of the “Brain Drain” need to show other that we are active, engaged, and sincerely care about our futures in this state. YPIowa helps connect young, smart, and creative professionals to share a mission and help Iowa become the best place grow our personal and professional lives.
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Calling The Corridor’s Young Professionals!

Learn about Access Iowa – a fun organization that helps you get involved and make friends. And why you should attend their Celebrate the Corridor event on Jan. 30th!

Ten years ago Access Iowa was formed as a way for young professionals to come together and make a real difference in the place they call home. From social events to civic duties, Access Iowa strives to: “… to create an environment in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor area that attracts and retains young professionals.”

Access Iowa holds numerous events throughout the year to appeal to other young professionals and showcase what a fun and vibrant community we live in. In fact, the next event is to celebrate the grand reopening for “1st Avenue LIVE” (formerly 3rd Street Live) on Jan 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM.
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A Corridor of Volunteers

I’ve always felt that Iowan’s volunteered more than the average Joes.  Now it’s been proven. 

Iowa Ranks No 6 in the nation for volunteer rates; six Iowa cities make Top 50 List

2008 was a memorable year for many reasons: The tornado, the flood and the tremendous effort of Iowa volunteers. It is another demonstration of what many in this state already know and what people who are new to the Corridor discover after arriving – Iowans are committed, caring and compassionate. Pick a topic, any topic from disasters to arts and culture, from the environment to locally-grown food – Iowans understand service and serving others for the greater good.
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Hoopla: A new publication shares the passion for the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor

I recently stumbled across a new publication created by, and for, young professionals – Hoopla.

Hoopla isn’t about professional journalism. It isn’t about us telling you what’s cool. You know what’s hot. So tell us what rocks, where the coolest place to eat is, who makes the meanest martini.

The magazine appears to have been started by some fresh, young corridor lovers that want to help get the word out about what makes the corridor so cool. Since that’s also what we’re trying to do here at Discover the Corridor, I am excited to have another group out there telling the “why it’s great to live here” story!
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Looking for a job? Try Iowa City!

In a time when unemployment rates seem to be skyrocketing and lead stories on the news tend to be about bailouts and layoffs, seeing Iowa City rated as on of the 30 best cities to find a job last week by CareerBuilder.com was a nice surprise. Especially for local job hunters!

According to the article, job seekers are much better off to look for employment in cities such as Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Idaho Falls, Idaho, and our own Iowa City, Iowa than New York, Chicago or Los Angles.

Why? These cities registered some of the lowest unemployment rates in September 2008 – something very few other metro areas can say. Unemployment rates were higher in 349 of the 369 U.S. metropolitan areas surveyed, which means 92 percent of cities have seen an increase in their unemployment rates.

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