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March 27, 2020 Police department building signage

Suspect Arrested in Reginald Ward Homicide

Law enforcement has arrested a suspect in the Reginald Ward homicide incident that occurred on October 30, 2019.  Through an ongoing investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a suspect was developed in this case and was identified as Todd Ricky Jenkins, DOB/06-28-1995, age 24. Read More

March 27, 2020 Street crew operating equipment

Traffic Closure Notices

Information on current traffic closures. Read More

March 25, 2020 Update - Parks & Recreation

Cedar Rapids Playgrounds and Outdoor Exercise Stations Closed

For the health and safety of the public, due to COVID-19, the City of Cedar Rapids is temporarily closing playgrounds and outdoor exercise stations in parks. Parks, trails and dog parks will remain open Read More

March 25, 2020 Police officers in uniform

Online Reporting Tool Available for Police Calls for Service, Reporting, and Records Requests

The Police Department is encouraging use of an online reporting for to request calls for service, to report a crime (not in progress), and to request records.  Please visit www.cedar-rapids.org/police for more information. Read More

March 23, 2020 Update - CR Transit Service

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Suspending Service Beginning Wednesday, March 25

City of Cedar Rapids Transit will suspend fixed-route transit service effective this Wednesday, March 25 as an additional measure to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. Read More

March 21, 2020 Linn County Iowa Announcement

COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Linn County

Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus and has announced the first laboratory diagnosed case of COVID-19 in Linn County at a news conference Saturday morning. Read More

March 19, 2020 Census Partnership Web Badges_2A_v1.8_12.10.2018

Residents Encouraged to Respond to 2020 Census Online

Earlier this month, the 2020 Census kicked off and invitations continue to arrive in mailboxes across the nation. Residents can respond to the Census at 2020Census.gov.    Read More

March 19, 2020 COVID_News_Image_1

Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Advisory

The City of Cedar Rapids Solid Waste and Recycling division is working to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The division has adjusted collection procedures to reduce the risk of worker exposure and to limit the need to exit the collection vehicle. Read More

March 17, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Limiting Passengers to Require Social Distancing

Starting Wednesday March 18, City of Cedar Rapids Transit will begin restricting riders to 10 passengers per bus to encourage social distancing and minimize passenger contact. To accommodate passengers, CR Transit will be restructuring peak service routes when possible.


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March 16, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

City of Cedar Rapids Transit Update

City of Cedar Rapids Transit is continuing service as of March 16, 2020. In order to limit interaction between patrons and drivers, fares will not be collected.  Passengers are asked to limit capacity per bus to encourage distance between passengers, and to maintain 6 foot distances on buses and at bus stops. Standing on buses will not be allowed. Read More

March 16, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

Cedar Rapids is Requesting all Bars and Restaurants Close for St. Patrick's Day and Limit Ongoing Patron Activity

The City of Cedar Rapids is requesting all Cedar Rapids bars and restaurants close for St. Patrick’s Day to discourage citizens from congregating in large crowds. Based on health advice related to the spread of COVID-19, City officials believe allowing normal St. Patrick’s Day activity will cause a public safety hazard. Read More

March 15, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

Parks and Recreation Facilities Closed and Programs Canceled

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will cancel all recreation programs and close facilities excluding administrative offices beginning Monday, March 16. Read More

March 06, 2020 COVID-19 (city website)

City of Cedar Rapids Prepares for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Cedar Rapids has already initiated both an emergency preparedness plan and a continuity of operations plan, as the safety of our community is our top priority, in the event that the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts the Cedar Rapids area.  (Currently, the risk is low in Iowa.) The City has prepared an emergency operations plan for implementation if there is an increased demand for calls for service because of the coronavirus.  Just as importantly, the City has prepared a continuity of operations plan to ensure adequate City staff is available to deliver essential services.

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March 06, 2020 Picture of a clock moving ahead one hour and a smoke alarm with a battery to remind citizens to change your clocks and change the batteries in smoke alarms.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Batteries this Weekend

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department is encouraging citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change their clocks to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 8, 2020.  When you “spring ahead” and move your clock forward one hour on Sunday, March 8, take a few minutes to make sure that you test your smoke alarms and change the batteries if needed. Read More

March 03, 2020 biking around cedar-lake

Citizen Survey Enters Online Phase

Residents of the City of Cedar Rapids are invited to respond to a comprehensive quality of life survey the city is conducting, administered by National Research Center. The survey is designed to provide a baseline of how the city government is serving residents, to gauge perceptions of the City of Cedar Rapids, and to make comparisons with peer cities. Read More

February 27, 2020 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - Economic Development

Listen to our latest Inside Cedar Rapids podcast with Jasmine Almoayyed, Economic Development Manager, to learn more about economic development initiatives within the City, and why they are important for our city’s economy and quality of life. Read More

February 27, 2020 Crewman at road construction site

Pothole Patching Underway

Public Works crews are conducting pothole patching operations as we enter spring-time freeze/thaw cycles. This time of year, variations in temperature are extreme and moisture from rain or melting snow seeps into pavement and freezes, popping pavement loose and causing potholes. Read More

February 20, 2020 City-Hall-Sign

Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart to present his State of the City address

Make plans to join Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 for his Cedar Rapids State of the City address. Read More

February 18, 2020 Ladder truck at scene of a business fire

Sprinkler System Suppresses Fire in Paint Booth

Firefighters responded to RELCO Locomotives, 4200 Thomas Drive SW, for the report of a fire in a paint booth.  The fire was suppressed by the sprinkler system. Read More

February 14, 2020 16th Ave floodgate_web photo

Construction Set to Begin on 16th Avenue SE Floodgate

Construction is scheduled to begin early to mid-March on the 16th Avenue SE floodgate. The 16th Avenue Bridge will be closed during construction to vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist traffic until approximately fall 2020. During construction, trail traffic will be detoured onto the 12th Avenue Bridge. Read More

February 06, 2020 Row of historic residential homes

City Seeking Input on Housing, Funding Prioritization

The City of Cedar Rapids is developing a plan for the City’s housing and community development needs, and invites residents to join the conversation on housing needs, community services, barriers, and funding priorities. Read More

January 30, 2020 Police department building signage

Suspect in Custody Following Shots Fired Incident in 1200 Block of 5th Avenue SE

A suspect is in custody following a shots fired incident in the 1200 block of 5th Avenue SE on January 30. Read More

January 15, 2020 Cedar Lake and cyclists

Residents Invited to Explore River Recreation Opportunities

Residents are invited to participate in a study called “Explore River Recreation” and help examine new recreational options on and along the Cedar River. Read More

January 08, 2020 Police department building signage

Police Department Releases 2019 Crime Statistics

The Cedar Rapids Police Department has completed a preliminary analysis of crime statistics for calendar year 2019.  Since 2013, violent crime in Cedar Rapids is down 5.6 percent. 

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December 20, 2019 HealthyHometown_Tree_logo-web

Cedar Rapids Joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, joining approximately 400 other communities across the country who are committed to making their communities livable for residents of all ages, from the cradle through retirement. Read More

December 11, 2019 NW-Detention-Basin-2019

Flood Control Detention Basin Underway

Construction is underway on a flood control detention basin in northwest Cedar Rapids. Located north of the Northwest Recreation Center at 11th Street NW and M Avenue NW, the detention basin will safely hold 8.3 million gallons of excess rain water. Read More

November 22, 2019 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2019 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2019 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to an end, which included more than 15 linear miles of roadway improvements for the completion of 47 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the sixth year of the program, and the single best year on record for number of miles completed. Read More

November 07, 2019 Bike rack with Bike Share logo

Bike Share Program Seasonal Closure

Cedar Rapids’ bike share program is closing for the season. Electric-assist bikes and electric scooters are being picked up by vendor Veoride, who will temporarily store them over the winter months. Read More

November 06, 2019 Dog and cat outside in the snow

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Cold Weather

Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control offers some advise to keep your pets safe during cold temperatures. Read More

November 06, 2019 Czech Village Levee construction

Czech Village Levee Completed

The Czech Village flood levee has been completed and the Cedar Valley Trail, which was temporarily closed during construction, is now open. Read More

October 14, 2019 Walk Your Wheels Logo FINAL_web

Where to Ride Scooters

The City of Cedar Rapids would like to remind residents that for the safety of all users: scooters, bicycles, and skateboards are not permitted on sidewalks in the downtown core. Read More

October 03, 2019 Signage that indicates speed limits are photo enforced

Automated Traffic Enforcement Monthly Reports Available

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is committed to providing information to the public about the Automated Traffic Enforcement system by providing a monthly report.  Automated traffic enforcement (ATE) is an important law enforcement tool that reduces both the number of crashes and crashes with injuries that result from speeding and red light running violations. Read More

September 18, 2019 A restored oxbow near Morgan Creek Park

Cedar Rapids Wins US Water Prize for Outstanding Work in the Public Sector

Today the US Water Alliance announced the winners of the US Water Prize, a prestigious award for outstanding work towards changing how water is viewed, valued, and managed. Read More

September 16, 2019 all-are-welcome-here logo

Cedar Rapids – A Welcoming Community

Cedar Rapids is proud to celebrate Welcoming Week to acknowledge the many important contributions immigrants and refugees bring to our community.

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September 10, 2019 Pie with heading that reads City Budget Survey

Tell us how you would slice it!

Budgets might not be the most exciting topic, but pie is always fun. That's why we are giving Cedar Rapids residents a chance to win pie for a year* just for taking our budget survey! Read More

August 29, 2019 Bike rack with Bike Share logo

Scooters Join Bike Share

Starting August 30, the Cedar Rapids bike share system will add a pilot program featuring electric scooters. Read More

August 27, 2019 Bus in front of Ground Transportation Center

Cedar Rapids Launches Sponsored Student Fare Program

The City of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Community School District (CRCSD), Kirkwood Community College, and Coe College have collaborated to offer student bus rides at no cost on all fixed route buses operated by Cedar Rapids Transit. Read More

August 21, 2019 Kirkwood Boulevard Water Tank against the morning sky, the words 'Cedar Rapids' are marked upon the tank.

Kirkwood Boulevard Tank Put Into Service

A new 1.5 million-gallon elevated water tank on Kirkwood Boulevard officially joined the City of Cedar Rapids’ distribution system on Thursday, August 15. View a timelapse video. Read More

August 02, 2019 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - Achieving the Gold Standard in Public Safety

The public safety agencies of Cedar Rapids work to protect the community. In this month's Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast, Police Chief Wayne Jerman and Fire Chief Greg Smith discuss how their departments have received the Gold Standard Accreditation, and how the designations benefit citizens of Cedar Rapids. Read More

July 16, 2019

Heat Relief Locations in Cedar Rapids

Residents looking for relief from the heat expected in the next few days are encouraged to visit one of the City's designated heat relief locations - Salvation Army, Lindale Mall, Downtown Library, and the Ladd Library. Read More

June 26, 2019 biking around cedar-lake

City of Cedar Rapids Assumes Ownership of Cedar Lake North Cell

Cedar Rapids City Council recently approved a resolution authorizing execution of a real estate purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $1 for the purchase of property at 855 Shaver Road NE, commonly known as Cedar Lake. Read More

June 17, 2019 Utilities Director Steve Hershner presents the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award to Jacob Donaghy.

Donaghy Recognized with Water Environment Federation Award

Jacob Donaghy, utilities water quality specialist for the City of Cedar Rapids, has earned the Water Environment Federation's Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. Read More

June 17, 2019 Kids playing with a parachute at Greene Square

Parks & Recreation Department To Hold Free Activities at Greene Square

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will offer free summer children’s activities at Greene Square. The activities will be held on Thursdays, June 20 through August 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on the lawn in Greene Square across from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Horizons will provide free meals to those ages 18 and under at Noon. Read More

June 14, 2019 Children talking to the school teachers in the one-room schoolhouse at Ushers Ferry Historic Village

Free Events offered at Ushers Ferry June 19 and June 26

Bring the whole family to Ushers Ferry for the annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Wednesday, June 19 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. and the Freedom Festival 'Free' Village Tour on Wednesday, June 26 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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June 11, 2019 City-Hall-Sign

Department of Justice Closes Agreement with City of Cedar Rapids

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division recently informed the City of Cedar Rapids of their intent to close the file on their Project Civic Access (PCA) agreement with the City, effective immediately. Project Civic Access is a wide-ranging, proactive initiative designed to ensure that cities and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by eliminating physical and communication barriers. Read More

June 11, 2019 Inside Cedar Rapids text with City tree logo

Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast - History Preserved: Protecting and Repurposing Historic Landmarks

Don't miss our latest podcast--History Preserved: Protecting and Repurposing Historic Landmarks.  Jennifer Pratt, Cedar Rapids Community Development Director, discusses how the City and the community works together to protect and repurpose historic landmarks.

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May 30, 2019 New-CR-Transit-buses

Addition of New Buses Marks Milestone for Cedar Rapids Transit

Cedar Rapids Transit is pleased to announce the purchase and delivery of three new, heavy-duty, fixed-route buses from Gillig Corporation. These three buses complete a major milestone for Cedar Rapids Transit: the replacement of the entire fixed-route bus fleet with new, heavy-duty, low-floor, ADA-accessible buses since the 2008 flood. Read More

May 21, 2019 Optimist logo

Junior Golf Instructional Programs Partner

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s golf division and the Cedar Rapids Optimist Club have formed a partnership to encourage more junior golfers to learn, play and enjoy the game of golf. Through the partnership, the organizations will offer Cedar Rapids/Optimist Junior Golf Academy 1.0 for beginning juniors ages 5-17. Read More

May 20, 2019 NewBoMarket

Visioning Workshop June 5 for Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan

The City of Cedar Rapids is seeking public input on the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan, a comprehensive look at the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for these two distinct districts. Read More

May 14, 2019 Demolition of existing playground at Daniels Park

Daniels Park Playground Construction Scheduled

Demolition and removal of the existing playground in the lower section of Daniels Park, 940 Oakland Rd. NE, will begin on Tuesday, May 14. Read More

May 14, 2019 Photo of raised garden bed

Urban Gardens to Open at Old MacDonald's Farm

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly finished urban garden project at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park. The ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m., prior to Movie Night at the Farm at 8:00 p.m. Read More

May 01, 2019 Electric-assist bike

Cedar Rapids Kicks Off Bike Share Program

The City of Cedar Rapids will host a special kick-off event celebrating the arrival of the city’s first bike share program, Monday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. in Greene Square. Read More

April 17, 2019 Walk Friendly Communities logo

Cedar Rapids Earns Walk Friendly Designation

The City of Cedar Rapids has been recognized with a Walk Friendly Designation by the Walk Friendly Communities program, recognizing its commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable, and inviting places to walk. Read More

March 29, 2019 Gardner golf course aerial

Gardner and Ellis Golf Courses Scheduled to Open

Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Road, Marion, will open for the season on Monday, April 1. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Avenue NW, is scheduled to open on Wednesday, April 3. Tee times are available at all open courses beginning April 1. Tee times can be reserved at playcedarrapidsgolf.com. Read More

March 26, 2019 Twin Pines Golf Course

Twin Pines Golf Course Opens March 27

Twin Pines Golf Course, 3800 42nd Street NE, will open for the season on Wednesday, March 27. The course will operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to dusk, tee times are not needed. Read More

January 29, 2019 tree logo

City of Cedar Rapids Cold Weather Response

The City of Cedar Rapids, along with partner community organizations, are working to provide shelter and essentials to keep people warm and safe during the extreme cold temperatures expected this week. Read More

January 25, 2019 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

Sinclair Levee Wins National Award

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the City of Cedar Rapids’ Cedar River Flood Control System in the New Bohemia/Sinclair District is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze rating for sustainable infrastructure.  Read More

January 24, 2019 downtown skyline

Assistance for Federal Employees

The Cedar Rapids community supports local employees who are directly impacted by the Federal shutdown. Click here to learn about assistance available for Federal employee needing additional accommodations during the ongoing government shutdown. Read More

January 21, 2019 Gardner golf course aerial

Cedar Rapids Golf Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department’s Golf Division was awarded the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Award from the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association. Read More

January 07, 2019 ReZone_CR_Logo_News-Story

Adoption of New Zoning Code

City Council formally adopted the new code during its regular agenda on December 18, 2018. The ordinance took effect January 1, 2019.  Read More

December 14, 2018 Construction equipment and Paving for Progress sign

2018 Paving for Progress Accomplishments

The 2018 Paving for Progress construction year is coming to an end, which included approximately 9.8 linear miles of roadway improvements (or approximately 20 lane miles) for the completion of 28 projects on both local and arterial roads. This was the fifth year of the program, and one of our most ambitious to date. At the peak of construction season, the combined value of projects underway exceeded $30 million. Read More

December 14, 2018 Flood-control-logo

Construction Continues on Czech Village Levee

Construction has begun on the next phase of the Czech Village levee – the area between Bowling Street SW and 16th Avenue SW. Read More

October 29, 2018 Aerial view of Kirkwood Blvd roundabout under construction

City Wins ´Project of the Year' Award for Roundabout

The American Public Works Association Iowa Chapter has recently awarded the City of Cedar Rapids with the “Project of the Year” award for the Kirkwood Blvd Roundabout. Read More

September 17, 2018 Commercial construction site

Cedar Rapids Sets New Record for Construction Permit Valuation

The City of Cedar Rapids has set a new record for the total reported valuation of all building permits. For fiscal year 2018, the total valuation of building permits was $376 million, surpassing the previous record set in fiscal year 2012 by $29 million, and surpassing last year’s total by $130 million. Read More

September 10, 2018 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control System Funding Plan

At the Tuesday, September 11 meeting, City Council will vote on a plan for funding the City’s portion of the Flood Control System. Permanent flood protection is needed to keep residents and property out of harm’s way, protect economic investments and encourage future investments for the entire community, reduce financial strain of building temporary protection, and ensure local businesses do not suffer loss of production and revenue during future flood fights or flood disasters. Read More

August 21, 2018

Hotel-Motel Tax Advance to GO Cedar Rapids

On August 21, 2018, GO Cedar Rapids Board of Directors provided an update on preliminary newbo evolve festival financial results. Read More

August 20, 2018 4-STAR Rating Shield

City Achieves 4-STAR Community Certification

STAR Communities is the nation’s leading framework for measuring a community’s environmental, economic, and social health. Read More

July 13, 2018 Row of historic residential homes

Affordable Housing Commission Accepting Applications

The City of Cedar Rapids’ Affordable Housing Commission is accepting applications. Residents who have an interest in assuring families have access to safe and affordable housing in Cedar Rapids can apply online. Read More

July 11, 2018 Benches at Greene Square in the evening

Greene Square Becomes Alcohol Free on Saturday

On Tuesday, July 10, Cedar Rapids City Council amended the Cedar Rapids Municipal Code to prohibit alcohol at Greene Square, 400 4th Avenue SE. Enforcement will begin on Saturday, July 14. No one in the park will be allowed to bring, use, consume, or possess alcohol, wine or beer. Read More

July 10, 2018 City workers prepare for flooding

Cedar Rapids Residents and Business Leaders Speak to the Importance of Flood Protection

A number of Cedar Rapids residents and businesses owners attended a joint City council committee meeting to voice their support and encouragement for the City to develop a plan for funding the remaining portion of the Flood Control System. Read More

July 05, 2018 City-Hall-Mural

Cedar Rapids Hosts Joint Meeting of Flood Control System and Finance and Administrative Council Committees

On Monday, July 9 Cedar Rapids City Council members from the Flood Control System Council Committee and the Finance and Administrative Council Committee will be hosting a special joint meeting. Read More

June 30, 2018 photo of City Hall building

Burglar Alarm Permit and Rental Registration Fee Annual Invoicing

 Recently the Finance Department sent invoices to permit holders of record for the annual burglar alarm permit fee and rental registration fee for the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

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April 19, 2018 Housing and Urban Development presents check to City of Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids Receives Nearly $40,000 for Veterans

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the City of Cedar Rapids nearly $40,000 to help provide a permanent home to veterans experiencing homelessness. Read More

April 09, 2018 Street crews working on concrete

National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2019 is taking place April 8 –12 to raise public awareness of work zone safety. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, eliminate distractions while driving, and be watchful for roadway workers and construction equipment. Read More

April 05, 2018 Holly Ruble - 2018 Outstanding Professional award plaque

Ruble Recognized as Outstanding Professional in Iowa

“Holly Ruble is an exemplary member of our team,” says utilities director Steve Hershner.  “She has developed and championed a number of iGreenCR and sustainability initiatives from which the community has benefitted and we are grateful for her example.”

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April 04, 2018 Paving-for-Progress-sign

Johnson Avenue NW Project Starting

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, April 5, on the Johnson Avenue NW Paving for Progress project, weather permitting.  Read More

March 23, 2018 CRBT's John Rodriguez accepts the Outstanding Partner Award. Photo courtesy Iowa Water Center.

Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust Company Receives Outstanding Partner Award for Work with City

The Iowa Water Conference recognized Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust with the Outstanding Partner Award on Wednesday. The award highlights agencies that use and promote green infrastructure projects, like CRBT's new zero-stormwater-runoff parking lot, partially funded by the City's stormwater cost-share program. Read More

February 28, 2018 child painting storm drain

Storm Drain Mural Project Accepting Submissions

The City of Cedar Rapids, in partnership with Iowa BIG and the Cedar Rapids Downtown District, calls for submissions to the Storm Drain Mural Project. Read More

February 13, 2018 Solar glasspanels

Cedar Rapids Receives Gold Designation as a Solar-Ready Community

The City of Cedar Rapids earned a gold rating from SolSmart for efforts to make it easier for residents to go solar - the first in Iowa.  Read More

February 06, 2018 Rain Garden and flowers

AmeriCorps to Design and Install Rain Gardens for Free this Summer

Through a unique partnership with AmeriCorps, Cedar Rapid residents have the opportunity to win a rain garden design and installation for free this summer. Read More

January 25, 2018 Council participating in Sinclair Levee groundbreaking

Sinclair Levee Project Earns Envision Bronze Award

he Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Flood Control System in the New Bohemia/Sinclair District is the recent recipient of the Envision Bronze rating for sustainable infrastructure. The Cedar Rapids project is the third Envision award granted to an infrastructure project in the state of Iowa. Read More

November 30, 2017 NewBoMarket

City of Cedar Rapids Receives Phoenix Award for NewBo District Development

The City of Cedar Rapids has been awarded a regional Phoenix Award for redevelopment of the New Bohemia District. The Phoenix Awards are part of a nonprofit organization, The Phoenix Awards Institute, Inc., which recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation relating to environmental and community issues. Read More

October 06, 2017 WaterPourIntoGlass

Public notification: Monitoring violation of the water testing schedule

The City of Cedar Rapids Utilities Department – Water Division violated a drinking water monitoring standard in September 2017 by only collecting 97 of the required 100 routine water samples to test for the presence of total coliform bacteria. Even though this oversight is not an emergency health concern, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation. Read More

March 31, 2017 Row of historic residential homes

Iowa Finance Authority Announces More than $73.6M to Build and Preserve Housing

Affordable Housing Projects in Eight Iowa Counties Receive Federal Housing Tax Credits

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December 14, 2016 Row of historic residential homes

City of Cedar Rapids Joins Nextdoor

The City of Cedar Rapids has joined Nextdoor to help make our community stronger and safer. Nextdoor is a free private social networking website for neighborhoods. Read More

September 28, 2016 Barricades around Veterans Memorial Building

Flood Update and Revised Evacuation Area

The Cedar River level is slowing dropping after cresting at nearly 22 feet yesterday. The river will likely remain high for the next several days, and is expected to reach approximately 18 feet by Thursday early evening. The evacuation area has been adjusted to a smaller perimeter. Barricades and access control points have been moved to the revised perimeter and will continue to be monitored for public safety. Read More

September 27, 2016 Flooding around May's Island, evening of September 26

Overnight Efforts and Continued Flood Response

The Cedar River is cresting at 22 feet and will likely remain high for the next several days. Residents are still urged to stay out of the evacuation area and to heed curfew times until the flood risk has passed. Do not go near the temporary flood control system or go near water. Read More

September 26, 2016 View of the river level on September 26, 2016

Flood Control Measures in Place

Cedar Rapids’ temporary flood control measures are in place and Public Works engineering teams as well as US Army Corps of Engineer teams will actively monitor for any weaknesses and re-enforce the system as necessary 24 hours a day. Read More

September 25, 2016 City workers prepare for flooding

Flood Preparation and Evacuation Plans Continue

The Cedar River is projected to crest at 23 feet at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning. Cedar Rapids will see a river crest of 16 feet by Monday morning, which is considered major flood stage.  The City’s Incident Command Team activated at 7:00 this morning and is utilizing a cross-departmental team of Public Safety, Public Works, and other City departments. Read More

September 25, 2016 View of empty street taken from third avenue

Important: Flood Evacuation Notice

Residents in the evacuation area are strongly encouraged to leave the area. Returning to your residence may be restricted because of the potential safety risks in the evacuation zone.  Public safety personnel are recommending that you leave immediately, but no later than 8:00 p.m. this evening.  Remaining in the evacuation area places residents at risk and will place safety personnel at risk. Read More

City of Cedar Rapids To Undertake Marketing, Tourism and Convention Functions

The City of Cedar Rapids will undertake an initiative to market Cedar Rapids as a destination for tourism, conventions, meetings, sports tournament and special events. Read More


Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart to present State of the City address

Make plans to join Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 for his Cedar Rapids State of the City address, hosted by the League of Women Voters Linn County. Read More

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Cedar Rapids City Manager Presents FY2020 Budget Proposal

Cedar Rapids City Manager Jeff Pomeranz presented City Council Members with his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 at a special council meeting Tuesday evening, February 5 at 5:30 pm. Read More

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New "Inside Cedar Rapids" Podcast Now Available

The City of Cedar Rapids recently launched a new monthly podcast aimed at providing Cedar Rapids residents with an inside look at City programs, projects and issues. The podcast, called “Inside Cedar Rapids,” will feature interviews of City staff as they share details and answer questions about a variety of topics of interest to residents. Read More

family biking downtown

Spring Safety Reminders

No one loves a beautiful spring day more than Iowans! Warmer temps bring us outdoors to enjoy walking, running, riding bicycles and more.

As you are out traveling and enjoying the weather, please remember safety is a shared responsibility for all road users, including drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Here are some tips to improve road safety for everyone.

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Podcast--Construction 101: Public Works Behind the Scenes

In the latest Inside Cedar Rapids Podcast, Nate Kampmann, City Engineer, discusses discusses how construction projects are selected and what goes into a project from start to finish. Read More


City Week Open House

Join us for our City Week Open House, Wednesday, October 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. Get a close up look at City vehicles and equipment, visit with City employees, enjoy fun photo opportunities, kid’s activities, games, prizes, and much more. 

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City Budget FY 2021

For Fiscal Year (FY) ending June 30, 2021: 

The fiscal year 2021 budget was presented to the Mayor and City Council in February 2020. The City provides the following services: public safety, public works, solid waste collection, animal control, parking, ground transportation, community development and municipal water and sewer. The City also provides cultural and recreational opportunities through various departments and commissions. 


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Applicants Sought for City Boards and Commissions

Applications are being accepted from Cedar Rapids residents for current and upcoming vacancies on many City of Cedar Rapids boards, commissions and advisory committees.

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