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The truth about TIFs

Illustration by Mark Vollenweider

In mid-July, the Iowa City City Council authorized $14.1 million dollars in TIF-funded financial aid to the $49 million dollar, 15-story luxury high-rise named The Chauncey. The debate over the city’s decision to essentially subsidize part of the construction of The Chauncey—which will include more screens for FilmScene, a bowling alley, art gallery space and […]

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Uber looking to expand in Iowa City

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Though no official announcement has been made, it appears as though Uber, the popular ridesharing company, is looking to launch in Iowa City. On September 2, Uber Technologies Inc. posted an ad for “Entry Level Independent Drivers” in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City on Careerbuilder. Uber has also been reaching out to community members in […]

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7th annual EntreFEST kicks off Wednesday in downtown IC

7th annual EntreFEST

EntreFEST—Iowa’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship—will take place in Iowa City for the first time this year.

As the state’s biggest entrepreneur conference, the event is part summit, part festival and part resource hub. It aims to bring Iowa innovators together to celebrate and foster entrepreneurship. The University of Northern Iowa is the event’s primary sponsor (the UNI Regional Business Center Entrepreneurship Outreach team was responsible for developing the idea and getting the festival off the ground in 2008), but for the… […]

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An interview with r.s.v.p. owner Niki Neems

An interview with r.s.v.p. owner Niki Neems

Little Village sits down with Niki Neems, owner of r.s.v.p. (140 North Linn St.), to discuss the challenges and rewards of owning a boutique paper product shop in Iowa City. Originally hailing from small-town Iowa, Neems shares her thoughts on everything from her favorite crafts as a child to the origins of r.s.v.p. Little Village: […]

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