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During This Season of Appreciation, Unite – but Do Not Gather

Even in this strange and difficult year, we are about to enter the season of appreciation. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we join all Eastern Iowans in giving thanks for all that we are blessed with. Yet we know that for so many this year there has been much...

Webinar – State of the Community: COVID Rising

On November 10, 2020, as cases continue to rise in Johnson County and beyond, leaders from the Corridor gathered virtually to discuss what you can do to stay safe and stay informed with the upcoming holiday season. Panelists: • Suresh Gunasekaran, CEO, University of...

Holiday Shopping Campaign Launched

Project Better Together Announces Holiday Shopping Campaign (Iowa City, IA) – November 9, 2020 – A unique holiday shopping campaign launches today in Johnson County, designed to continue the call to support local businesses by shopping local. An initiative of Project...

Campaign Generates $823,870 in Local Economic Impact

-Project Better Together team announces local economic impact from shop local campaign (Iowa City, IA) - October 29, 2020 - The Project Better Together team announced the results of the highly successful Holding Our Own shop local incentive campaign that ended on...

Landlord Summit to Kick Off Virtual Series

Preventing Eviction & Foreclosures in Our Community: House Security When Needed Most is the first in a series of online learning events. This 1-hour information session on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Noon will help make that possible so we can help keep a roof...

Shop Local Program Making a Difference, Nearing an End

Iowa City, Iowa – September 21, 2020 – The Holding Our Own shop local gift card incentive program is nearing the end, but has proven to have made a big difference in driving business to local retailers and restaurants hit the hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic....

Gov. Reynolds announces $5 million for Employer Innovation Fund Grants

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced $5 million in funding from the Corona Virus Relief Fund yesterday to support the Future Ready Iowa Employer Innovation Fund.  Grant applications open August 26th and will provide funding opportunities for employers, employer consortiums,...

Governor Reynolds Closes Bars in 6 Counties

Today, Gov. Reynolds announced she signed a new public health disaster proclamation in response to increasing COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days. On Thursday, the state reported a new record high in daily COVID-19 cases with 1,349 cases.  In light of this and the...

Webinar – State of the Community: Business Planning for Fall

We continue the conversation with local business leaders on how we plan to move forward in education, child care, and human resources. View recording here. Panelists include: Janet Godwin, Interim CEO of ACT and Iowa City Community School District School Board Member...

$52K Granted to 33 BIPOC & Immigrant Owned Businesses

Project Better Together, a community initiative driven by the Iowa City Area Business Partnership, Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, and the Iowa City Downtown District, granted $51,950 to 33 local businesses that identified as owned by Black,...

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