Intent. Collaboration. Context.

Our goal: To use storytelling and conversations to connect the passionate members of our region to the communities that matter to them, fostering an exchange of local knowledge and a sense of possibility.

We Create Here is a team within the Gazette Company consisting of community builders, narrators and producers. We work to develop evolving narratives and authentic conversations throughout Iowa’s Creative Corridor.

But our vision is bigger than our team – we seek community input, advice and participation at every stage. Learn more about how you (yes, you!) can join the movement. We’ve been proud to partner with dozens of organizations, spanning the Corridor and the nation.

SarahSARAH BINDER

Community engagment - innovation and new ventures

I firmly believe the best way to help our region flourish is to support entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators – people who are trying to make new things happen.

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BenBEN KAPLAN

Multimedia journalist and new urbanism contributor

I firmly believe that when cities are designed around people rather than cars we create better, more vibrant, more livable communities.

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MENTORS:

CHUCK PETERS

As president and CEO of the Gazette Company, Chuck has studied the future of journalism and the role of media in a community for years.

PETER PULA

Based in Peterborough, Peter has been blending asset-based community development, appreciative inquiry and journalism for years at Axiom News.

BEN SMITH

A Berliner by way of Cedar Rapids, Ben is a cultural anthropologist and a major contributor to communitybuilding.us.

ZACK KUCHARSKI

As director and editor of The Gazette, Zack has a passion for new ways of telling stories and digital innovation.

QUINN PETTIFER

A true connector at heart, Quinn has led dozens of conversations and events since joining The Gazette Company in January 2014.

Former team members:

Kiran Soodcurrently human needs reporter for The Gazette

Jennifer Hemmingsencurrently opinion editor for The Gazette

Brian Morellicurrently computer-assisted reporter for The Gazette