Diverse Companies in a Diverse Economy
There’s a unique, welcoming spirit here. One that embraces diversity and the opportunities that global relationships offer.
Many of our top companies are known globally for innovation and dedication to excellence. Plus, more foreign-owned companies have selected this area to locate and invest in their growth than any other place in Iowa.
Who calls the Creative Corridor home? Our leading employers include Rockwell Collins, the University of Iowa, ACT, Pearson, Transamerica, GEIGO, General Dynamics, Nordstrom Direct, Procter & Gamble/Oral B Laboratories, and many more.
Use the links below to explore more regional companies by category.
Agriculture & Food
- Business Services
- Educational Services
Finance & Insurance
Surrounded by High Tech Resources
The University of Iowa, Kirkwood Community College and other public and private educational institutions provide area businesses with the education, training, research and development support necessary to innovate change.
Dynamic tech-based companies like ACT, Integrated DNA Technologies and Genencor International with operations in the Corridor have made the region a “high-tech prairie powerhouse” according to California’s Milken Institute.
The region also receives high rankings annually on Milken’s “Best Performing Cities” index.
In addition to the synergies with existing companies, new and expanding businesses can look forward to having abundant energy, public utilities, telecommunications infrastructure, transportation and a talented, quality workforce.
Manufacturing is just the beginning.
A remarkable combination of resources has conspired to make Iowa’s Creative Corridor a wellspring of intellectual and artistic pursuits, as well as science, commerce and industry. The highly esteemed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and iconic American brands such as Quaker Oats, General Mills and Rockwell Collins, have generated a strong current of talent and influence that continues to flow consistently from the region, touching and persuading lives of people everywhere. The mark they have left on our academic, literary, business and scientific landscapes is indelible.
Recognized as a center of creative and economic renaissance, Iowa’s Creative Corridor draws innovators ranging from Pulitzer-Prize winning writers to research engineers and digital cottage industries to some of the world’s most advanced companies.
Here, their inspiration and energy are ignited, new directions are encouraged and positive change is generated.
- Start-Up Companies
- Transportation & Warehousing