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Old 12-08-2013, 10:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chicago60614 View Post
Maybe for Iowa it is, at least the Iowa City area is driving ahead and Cedar Rapids is holding above water. Quad Cities are just wading along.

As for national, I don't think it's anywhere near as ready for that yet. In Chicago the huge pull right now is towards downtown from the suburbs and other areas of the midwest. The downtonw and loop area are where it's at right now, especially the pull of young people. I love Iowa, but there aren't corporations in Chicago that are going to pull up and move to.....Iowa. Not meaning that offensive at all, it's just not on the radar.
I know a number of people who moved to Cedar Rapids from large cities. In some cases, they were transferred here by their employer. In others, people wanted to avoid the hassles of big city life (but could easily avail themselves to it by driving to Chicago, Minneapolis, etc(see a map)

Rockwell International employs over 9000, most of them in CR, most of them engineers and scientists. They build the black boxes that keep airplanes right side up. As a group, they are supportive of the arts, education and middle class values (which include doing your homework before you go out with your buddies.)

There is a strong churchy element here, as well as a fair number of unreligous people. City gov't seems uncorrupted by special interests. During my working days, I could drive from my office to the city limits of CR in 10 or 15 minutes. Around 5 pm, our rush minute started.

For a list of "small" towns with an academic bent, check out the towns that hold small liberal arts colleges. As a started, check out Decorah (Luther College), Coe, Cornell, Wartburg. There are more than 20, and I'd live in any of them if I got thrown out of Cedar Rapids.

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Old 12-09-2013, 04:02 PM
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There already are a lot of companies that have relocated to Iowa from larger cities. Now, while many aren't noteworthy or recognized by name, some are.
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Old 12-13-2013, 01:57 PM
Location: Oroville, California
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Here I thought the thread was about a part of the state that sucks you in and you disappear forever.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:54 AM
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The Triangle in NC is Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The Triad is Greensboro, Winston Salem, and High Point.
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