Iowa City Considers Aid for Company's Expansion

Downtown Iowa City and the University of Iowa campus can be seen in this photo taken from the top of the Plaza Towers building Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Iowa City. The UI and the City of Iowa City have been working together on a variety of projects and have make improvements to their relationship over the last few years. (Brian Ray/ SourceMedia Group News)

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By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City is considering financial incentives to help a software development company expand and relocate to a new downtown office and apartment building.

A city economic development panel will meet Monday to consider incentives for MetaCommunications, which works with organizations to increase productivity with products that help manage projects, marketing, brand management and other functions. The company has been based in Iowa City since 1991, with offices in Chicago and Russia.

Under a city proposal, the company would relocate its headquarters to the Park201 building near the Pedestrian Mall in downtown Iowa City. It would add up to 20 employees on top of its current local workforce of 33.

The city would provide $58,000 out of a $300,000 project to finish the office space and 33 parking spaces for employees.

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