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We are always working on behalf of our members, but we have a few special initiatives near and dear to our hearts. 

Blue Zones

BlueZonesProjectLogo-Compv2.jpgBecoming a stronger, healthier community is important to us! The Chamber led a communitywide application process resulting in a Blue Zones Demonstration Site award, and resources to improve community wellness. Since 2013, the community has subtly changed menus in schools and restaurants, adjusted physical surroundings to foster physical movement, labeled grocery store products to highlight healthy items, and worked with businesses to create healthier environments overall.

Join the movement! Literally. Visit and take the pledge! Please contact us to learn more about how to become involved.

Iowa City’s Blue Zones initiative is based on Dan Buettner’s bestseller, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest which highlights places where people live the longest, healthiest lives and the common threads that contribute to this quality of life.

Thank you for being a friend of the Blue Zones:

Progressive Rehabilitation Associates
Body Moves Fitness & Wellness Center
Freeman Insurance

Buy Here

BuyHere.jpgWe make, sell and generate some great stuff here in Iowa’s Creative Corridor! Why not Buy Here? Buy Here is the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce’s local economic development initiative created to strengthen our local economy through increased business-to-business purchasing.

We’re pushing local - and the power of that money circulating in our community is huge! We urge you to take a few minutes to evaluate your organization’s spending and let us help you find ways to make a change to local products. Even just 5% makes a difference!

No excuses! It’s easy to succumb to our peer pressure as you can find local businesses by searching categories in our Member Directory. Do it. Do it. Do it.

These people totally get it...

Hills Bank and Trust Company
Iowa Book LLC
Luxe Interiors
Tallgrass Business Resources

Buy Here Holiday Blitz

The Chamber’s Buy Here Holiday Blitz encourages local spending during the holiday shopping season. Local customers have the chance to win $500 cash as they dine and shop at the participating businesses below and earn tickets.

Shopping + supporting local businesses + money for yourself = MAJOR WINHoliday Blitz.jpg



One Community, One Bond


The Chamber strongly supports the passing of the General Obligation Bond for the Iowa City Community School District, which faces a vote on September 12. Learn more