NEWS: ICAD Director of Development Hired

As called for by the new County economic development plan, two positions are expected to be filled by 2023 to further economic development efforts. One position is in the Iowa City Area Development group (ICAD) and the other will be in the Johnson County PDS Department.

In July 2022, Sarah Thompson was hired as the first-ever ICAD Director of Rural Development. Pursuant to a contract between the Johnson County local government and ICAD, Thompson will consult with rural communities and unincorporated areas on efforts such as grant writing, development projects, economic development programs, strategic marketing, entrepreneurship and project management.

Thompson has extensive experience in the areas of community and economic development in rural communities, including service on the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa “Invest” Task Force since its inception in 2018. Having grown up in rural Iowa and attended the University of Iowa for college, she is excited to be back in Johnson County. Learn more about Sarah Thompson's expertise here.

County Economic Development Plan

Click here to access the 2022 Johnson County, Iowa, Economic Development Plan: Opportunities for the Unincorporated Area, Villages and Smaller Towns

The 2022 Johnson County, Iowa, Economic Development Plan: Opportunities for the Unincorporated Area, Villages and Smaller Towns was adopted on January 13, 2022, by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors after an 18-month long process that involved stakeholder engagement as well as input received from the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission and the Johnson County Food Policy Council. The planning process was managed by an ad-hoc steering committee, the Johnson County Economic Development Committee, which included county officials and staff and members of the Iowa City Area Development (ICAD) group.


In addition to the electronic copy of the economic development plan provided at this website, a paper copy of the plan is available for viewing at the Johnson County Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Department located at 913 S. Dubuque St., Suite 204, Iowa City.

If you have any questions about the plan, please call the PDS Department at 319-356-6083.

For information on the Board of Supervisors grants for economic development and quality of life, see the grants page here.


Urban Revitalization

Click here to see all Urban Revitalization Plans adopted by the Board of Supervisors