The Iowa City Downtown District on March 18th at 2 pm hosted a live webinar with community experts discussing business resources and information during this time of uncertainty and unprecedented circumstances.

Listen to the webinar 

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Wendy Ford, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Iowa City
//Wendy will provide City updates and context for economic support.

Rod Lehnertz, University of Iowa Senior VP of Finance & Operations                                                                                                                                                           //Rod will be discussing the University of Iowa’s next steps and plans to address the pandemic.

Chase Stafford, Senior Vice President of MidWestOne Bank in Commercial Banking
//Chase will be the commercial lending expert to share best practices for short term disruption and lending opportunities/state and fed updates.

Cady Gerlach, former ICDD Attorney and Director of Strategic Operations at Shelter House
//Cady will share the latest updates on State unemployment claims, take HR questions related to staffing, and business disruption insurance information.


Through a collaboration with Think Iowa City, Iowa City Area Development Group, Iowa City Area Business Partnership and the Iowa City Downtown District, we're providing continued updates and resources for COVID-19 related information. Thanks to the support from MidWestOne Bank, West Bank, GreenState Credit Union, Great Western Bank, Hills Bank, Two Rivers Bank, U.S. Bank and CBI Bank Trust, Johnson County and other area partners, the Project Better Together team has created a community-wide Shop Local program to help encourage and motivate local spending at Johnson County local businesses. Starting June 22nd, for every $150 spent shopping local, receive a $20 gift card of YOUR choice to a local business.

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