Iowa EDA University Center Targeted Communities

Iowa has nine metropolitan areas composed of twenty-one Iowa counties and eleven out-of-state counties. The nine metro areas are: Ames, Cedar Rapids, Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, Des Moines-West Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Sioux City, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls.

Iowa Metroes.Ref: ISU Iowa Community Indicators Program (ICIP)

There are 35 Iowa communities with populations between 5,000 and 25,000 that are within 45 miles of one of these metro centers. The communities are shown below.

Iowa Small Cities.

Prospective iWin Communities

AtlanticIowa FallsPerry
BooneKnoxvilleRed Oak
Charles CityLe MarsSheldon
CrestonMaquoketaSioux Center
De WittMount PleasantVinton
GrinnellNewtonWebster City
IndependenceOrange City

Here are the Preliminary Economic analyses on these communities.

CIRAS staff will be closely working with nearly one-third of these communities over the five-year span of the Iowa EDA University Center program (2018-2023).