About The Campaign

Where we are now

The past four years were successful for the Iowa City Area Development Group. The organization’s core programming contributed to positive outcomes with 41 individual projects and resulted in 1407 new and retained jobs and 16 new interstate commerce companies.

Where we are going

In 2016, ICAD participated in JPEC’s venture school and conducted customer discovery with over 75 community partners and investors. Through that process we learned what our partners and investors want to see from our economic development strategy moving forward. These were the top 5 values that were consistently reported:


A vision for building an economy of the future


A vision for bridging people and ideas


A vision of the future by leveraging partnerships


A vision of a prosperous future for everyone


A vision of proactive investment where every person and
dollar advances economic development in the Iowa City area

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Campaign Cabinet

  • Sarah Gardial, Chair Dean of the Tippie College of Business
  • Charlie Funk, Chair President/CEO MidWestOne Bank
  • Kate Minette, Chair Former Senior Vice President at Pearson
  • Leighton Smith, Director of Client Services Bergan KDV
  • Adam Ingersoll, Co Founder and Principal of Compass Education Group
  • Ravi Patel, President Hawkeye Hotels
  • Matt Hayek, Attorney Hayek Law Office and Former Iowa City Mayor
  • Mike Hahn, McComas-Lacina Construction
  • Lura McBride, President and CEO Van Meter
  • Kathryn Kunert, Vice President Midamerican Energy
  • Jerry Waddilove, President and CEO Southgate Companies
  • Marten Roorda, CEO ACT
  • Jim Conard, Senior Vice President West Bank
  • Tony Bedard, CEO Frontier Co-op
  • Stephen Murley, Superintendent Iowa City Community Schools

“Our company has been an investor in ICAD since it’s inception. We don’t look at our investment as an expense but rather as an investment.”

— Charlie Funk, President/CEO
MidWestOne Bank