May 02, 2018

SBA Names City of Waterloo as the 2018 SBA Iowa  Small Business Community of the Year

The City of Waterloo was recognized by the SBA’s Iowa District Office as Iowa's SBA City of the Year.
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Heart for the City - Episode 35

Guests include: Dr. John M. Berry, Tri-County Child & Family Development Council Inc.; Amy Rousselow, Waterloo Public Library Volunteer Services and Marketing; and Amanda Goodman, Family and Children Council Executive Director
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University Avenue

The City of Waterloo and the contractor continue to work on the reconstruction of the University Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase 1 from Greenhill Road to Evergreen Avenue.
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Bus Stop Closed

Bus Stop Closed Due to University Ave. Construction
Riders Encouraged to Use New Temporary Stop
The bus stop at Alabar Hills is closed due to reconstruction of University Avenue. Concerns have been raised about the safety of people standing in construction zones to catch the bus.
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Drive Safe Cedar Valley Bicycle Safety

Drive Safe Cedar Valley encourages children to practice safe cycling this summer.

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Community Development

Waterloo Housing Authority Offering Home Buyer Education Classes

WHAT-Home Buyer Education Classes
WHEN- Thursday July 19th, Tuesday July 24th, Thursday July 26th and Tuesday July 31st *YOU MUST ATTEND ALL 4 CLASSES TO GET THE CERTIFICATE*
WHERE-Waterloo Center for the Arts 225 Commercial St, Waterloo Iowa 50701
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The Waterloo Community Development Office will be hosting 24-Hour Lead Abatement Worker training

A 24-hour Lead Abatement Worker training has been scheduled for July 16-18 at the Waterloo HazMat Regional Training Center, 1925 Newell Street Waterloo, Iowa 50707

This training will begin at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
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March 31, 2017


Travelers are seeing more competitive ticket pricing out of the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO) thanks to an airfare survey completed by local airport officials. The survey findings revealed that some of Waterloo’s airfares were not competitive with neighboring airports in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Local officials appealed to American Airlines to review the data and take action resulting in adjustments in airfares.
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Conagra Brands Celebrates Employees' Commitment to Sustainability

Held each year, the awards call on employees to submit their innovative ideas for ways to improve sustainability within the company with projects that save energy, conserve water and reduce waste.
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Opportunity Zones Nominations

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg announce nominations for Iowa Opportunity Zones.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, along with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), announced the 62 Iowa census tract nominations for Opportunity Zones designation on Thursday. Opportunity Zones is a new economic development program administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The program was established within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage long-term investments in low-income zones by providing investors with a capital gains tax deferral.
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Fireworks in Waterloo

  • Residents are prohibited from shooting off fireworks.
  • Sales can only take place on property zoned industrial.
  • Sales for permanent buildings is June 1-July 8.
  • Sales for temporary structures (tents) is June 13-July 8.
  • Violations for sales should be directed to Code Enforcement and Fire. Violations for resident use of fireworks should be directed to Police.
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Community Development


On or about May 9, 2018 the City of Waterloo, Community Development Board will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the release of federal funds (Community Development Block Grant) under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended,(P.L.93-383) and Federal Funds (HOME Investment Partnership Program) under the National Affordable Housing Act Title ll ,1990, as amended, and in conjunction with the program guidelines to undertake projects known as Fiscal Year 2019 activities for the purpose of assisting eligible clients with housing, public services, public facilities, and clearance and demolition using an estimated $1,139,800 of Community Development Block Grant funds and an estimated $367,917 in HOME program funds in the City of Waterloo.
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Highway 63 Reconstruction, from Franklin to Conger/Newell

This segment of Highway 63 is a two-year reconstruction project to build an overpass over the railroad is expected to be closed until November of 2019. A segment from Franklin to Dane will be completed by the end of this summer. The new overpass segment, from Dane to Newell, will be constructed over two construction seasons – 2018 and 2019.
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Human Rights Award Recipients 2018

Please help us celebrate these individuals next Wednesday at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, 10 am
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April 16, 2018

Arbor Day Foundation Names Waterloo Tree City USA

Waterloo earns recognition as a 2017 Tree City USA. Residents of Waterloo should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,

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Smoke Alarm Inspection

With the recent recall of smoke alarms by manufacturer Kidde, Waterloo Fire Rescue is urging residents to immediately check alarms in their homes and businesses. Kidde recalled nearly 500,000 dual sensor smoke alarms models PI2010 and PI9010 on March 21, 2018.
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Lane Closures on Southbound U.S. 63

Intermittent lane closures on southbound U.S. 63 between Jefferson Street and Franklin Street in Waterloo begin Feb. 19
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Waterloo is one of the safest cities in the Midwest

According to the National Council for Home Safety and Security. They just announced their 2018 ranking of the Safest Cities in Iowa. Waterloo made the list.
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City of Waterloo Development Update Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 Development Update provides an overview of projects taking place in Waterloo. Learn more about downtown construction, what’s new with housing, and projects taking shape in the industrial parks.

Waterloo is where growing businesses choose to be. #PositivelyWaterloo!
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January 11, 2018

Waterloo Crime Drops Again

Waterloo’s crime rate continues to trend down. The more serious group A offenses declined 8.1% from what was reported in 2016. This puts us at a point where our crime rate is the lowest it has been in decades.
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New Satellite Recycling Location

The City of Waterloo has opened a new satellite recycling location on the south side of Crossroads Mall at 2325 Crossroads Blvd. The recycling bins are located in the parking lot of Key West Fitness, Capri and Plato’s Closet.
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A new Downtown Attractions Shuttle bus will be available to bring fans to the rink from remote parking locations during Waterloo Black Hawks home games.
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March 17, 2017

Check out 2018's yardwaste & recycle schedule

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Waterloo Awarded $4.9M

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) today approved a tax credit award for Advanced Heat Treat Corporation. The Waterloo company qualified for a sales tax credit on construction materials and a 3 percent investment tax credit for a $4.9 million expansion project of its north Waterloo facility.
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Waterloo to be Honored by Federal Agency

Grand Crossing development project receives the 2018 Audrey Nelson Community Development Achievement Award
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Waterloo Compost Facility to Open

Compost Facility will open Saturday, March 31st.
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2018 Dog And Cat Licenses Deadline Approaches

The City of Waterloo 2018 dog and cat licenses and Pat Bowlsby Off-Leash Dog Park passes are now available at the City Clerk’s office, 715 Mulberry St., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pet owners may also purchase dog or cat licenses from Waterloo Animal Control officers, at the Cedar Bend Humane Society or by mail. Licensing fees double after March 31st.
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Kids Ride Safe

Traffic Safety Campaign Aims to Save Kids’ Lives
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December 06, 2017

Hart elected to Iowa League  of Cities Executive Board

Quentin Hart, Mayor of Waterloo, was elected to serve on the Executive Board of the Iowa League of Cities. Hart became a League Board Director on September 29 during the League’s Annual Business Meeting, held in conjunction with their Annual Conference & Exhibit in Davenport.
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March 17, 2017

Residential Contractor Exams

The Waterloo Building Inspection Department offers Residential Contractor Exams for those who want to become a licensed contractor with the City of Waterloo.

Exams will be given for one week each month during business hours. Two applicants per day will be scheduled. Exam time is 1:30 pm on your designated day. The exam will be given at the Building Department located on the second floor of City Hall.
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Rental Unit Registrations Due

Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, will expire on December 31, 2017. All landlords are required to register properties each year within 30 days of purchase and every year thereafter. The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit and will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2018 for failure to timely register. Registration instructions are available on the city website.

Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2017, will expire on December 31, 2017.  All landlords are required to register properties each year within 30 days of purchase and every year thereafter.  The fee for registration is $25.00 per rental unit and will double to $50.00 per rental unit on January 1, 2018 for failure to timely register.  Registration instructions are available on the city website.

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July 07, 2017

Naming of Sullivan Brothers Plaza

The City of Waterloo and Leslie Hospitality Company are pleased to announce that the square block where Waterloo’s convention center resides will be dedicated as Sullivan Brothers Plaza and incorporated into the convention center’s new name: Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza.
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Bike Friendly Waterloo

Proper Use of Bike Lanes

Throughout the month of August six demonstrations will be offered, led by seasoned cyclists from across the Cedar Valley. A booth will be set up at each event where residents can review materials and ask questions. It will serve as a gathering point for demonstrations. The demonstrations will be bicyclist-focused, with information provided for drivers as well. Some of the topics to be addressed include: understanding symbols and signs, following pavement markings, proper parking procedures, and intersection interaction.
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Waterloo Housing Development Wins HousingIowa Award

The Iowa Finance Authority recently recognized a collaborative project between Waterloo Community Development and Echo Development Group as an outstanding affordable multi-family development initiative. The project received a HousingIowa Award at the 2017 HousingIowa Conference in Cedar Rapids.

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Northeast Iowa Food Bank And Waterloo Airport Spread Awareness

This holiday season, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and Waterloo Regional Airport will partner in an effort to spread awareness of hunger. Holiday travelers throughout November and December will notice displays sharing facts and faces of hunger throughout the Waterloo Regional Airport’s terminal building, reminding those traveling to focus on what they can give this holiday season and not just what they can get.
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Waterloo Police Department to institute speed cameras beginning November 15, 2017

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Carpetland Recycling Site Relocation

Effective November 15th, 2017 there will no longer be recycling bins at Carpetland located at 1234 Flammang Dr., they will be moved to Singing Bird Lake Park located near the corner of Ansborough and Black Hawk Rd (where they were previously located).
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Waterloo awarded $2.9 million to protect children and families

Waterloo awarded $2.9 million to protect children and families from dangerous lead and other home hazards Funding to make low-income housing safer and healthier.
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Improvements to University Avenue Meeting

Public Information Meeting
Proposed improvements of University Avenue in Waterloo was held Tuesday, October 17 at the Waterloo Center for the Arts Schoitz Conference Room
225 Commercial Street.
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Waterloo #46 in Forbes 2017 Best Small Cities for Business and Careers

Forbes released their 2017 best small cities for business and careers….Waterloo, Iowa ranks #46. The last ranking that GCVAC recorded is 2015 @ #49. We still rank amongst the top 50 amongst 200 cities compared…not bad.
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Mayor Quentin Hart appointed Iowa Workforce Development Board

Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart has been appointed to the Iowa Workforce Development Board by Governor Kim Reynolds. His term began on November 9, 2017 and runs through the end of April 2019.
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September 30, 2017

Tyson Fresh Meats to Expand in Waterloo

Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $28 million to expand its Waterloo pork processing facility, creating 245 new jobs at or above the qualifying wage of $17.29/hour.
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City of Waterloo Launches Facebook Page

Today, the City of Waterloo, Iowa launched an official City Hall page to provide quick access to news and information from across departments.
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Waterloo Public Library Launches New Website

Waterloo Public Library Launches New Website:
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March 17, 2017

Fats, Oils, and Greases Information

The City of Waterloo is committed to providing safe, cost-effective
wastewater service to commercial and residential customers within our
city. We are equally dedicated to operating our wastewater system in an
environmentally responsible manner.
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The City is serious about getting rid of graffiti. Please report
graffiti as soon as you see it. The sooner we are able to respond and
remove graffiti, the more our community will send a message that we will
not tolerate graffiti in our City.
Graffiti complaint number 319-291-3820.
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Waterloo Sweeps the Cedar Valley Tourism Awards!

May is National Tourism Month and as part of the celebration, the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau recognize and honor local attractions and tourism-related businesses at the annual Cedar Valley Tourism Awards.
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Waterloo is leading the region in development

Waterloo is leading the region in development. From TechWorks Campus to new Logan retail, the Singlespeed phenomenon and much more, read it in the 2017 Progress Edition.
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Reading and Discussion of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr

Waterloo Commission on Human Rights invites the community to participate in a reading and discussion of The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson. Beginning April 17, 2018 participants will gather to discuss the subject matter. Discussions will run from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
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