Iowa City a Top 20 city on the List of The Most Hipster Cities in America., 2015


Formed in 1984, the group serves the communities of Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, Kalona, Solon, Tiffin, Tipton, the Amana Colonies, West Branch, West Liberty and Johnson County.

The Iowa City Area Development Group is committed to enhancing the economic vitality of our area. Our organization works to strengthen our local communities with a strong business climate and employment opportunities.

ICAD Group is available to assist interstate commerce companies with location or expansion projects, workforce development and entrepreneurial services.

Our services include:

  • Access to a computerized database of sites and buildings
  • Community and site tours for business expansion and location projects
  • Community profiles and quality of life information
  • Entrepreneurial development programming and space
  • Labor and demographic information
  • State and local economic development incentive assistance
  • Utility information, including rates and availability
  • Workforce development programming and services


To enhance the quality of our communities by serving the business development needs of interstate commerce companies.


We will create, collaborate and lead regional economic development initiatives that contribute to the creation and growth of companies, wealth and quality jobs through a spirit of innovation and a culture of sharing that transforms knowledge into economic opportunity.