About So.6

Founded in the spring of 2022, So.6 is a 501(c)6 nonprofit created by the collaborative efforts of the South District businesses, commercial property owners and the neighborhood. Collectively we’re building a business renaissance on the south side that enhances the quality of life for all who live, work and play in Iowa City.

So.6 is a self-supported municipal improvement district, a tool for commercial property owners and businesses in a geographic area to provide leadership, direction and funds for improvements and services that:

  • Spur economic development and growth
  • Enhance liability and infrastructure
  • Provide advocacy and marketing
  • Create and support events within the district

A SSMID is made possible by those commercial property owners paying into a self-imposed levy which creates the private investment to leverage and fund improvements within the district.


So.6 is a multicultural ecosystem that celebrates diversity and innovation to incubate a business renaissance that enhances the Iowa City experience as a whole.


To enhance economic development, wayfinding, and placemaking in the South District that supports a diverse, welcoming community.


So.6 leads and operates through its core values that inform and drive action within the business district, community and throughout the region:

  • Community-Minded
  • Action-Oriented
  • Collaborative
  • Creative & Curious
  • Resilient