The Iowa City Area Development Group (ICAD), on behalf of the Iowa City area (Iowa City, North Liberty and Coralville), won the inaugural Technology Community of the Year award at the Technology Association of Iowa's 11th annual LWBJ Prometheus Awards. More than 1,000 people attended the event, held Thursday, April 14 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, to recognize companies, individuals and communities that support technology in Iowa.

The award was received for being a region that supports tech-based companies and uses information and communications technology to improve quality of life, education and workforce. The area was recognized for its support of entrepreneurial activity and local companies that are large users and creators of technology, and its unique tech-focused partnerships, including three CoLab Coworking spaces, the upcoming MERGE space, the new Kirkwood Regional Center, and the strong community partnerships with the University of Iowa through the Tippie College of Business, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. This ongoing support has given rise to such high profile events as Entrefest, Mission Creek Tech + Innovation, the EDC’s Innovation Expo, Startup Weekends, Flyover Fashion Festival and other events to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Mark Nolte, President of the Iowa City Area Development Group, accepted the inaugural award. “We are honored to be a part of the true spirit of collaboration and willingness to act to make the area a place where young tech companies succeed faster because of our collective efforts.”    

The Iowa City Area came out on top of an impressive slate of communities which included Ames, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Fairfield and the Mason City / Clear Lake area. 

The full list of 2016 Prometheus Award winners can be found at

Date of publication

Thursday, April 21, 2016