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July 05, 2019

University Avenue Construction

August 9, 2019 - The City of Waterloo and the contractor are continuing to
work on the reconstruction of the University Avenue Reconstruction
Project Phases 1 and 2 from Midway Drive to Evergreen Avenue.

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August 07, 2019

Lead Based Paint Training

The Waterloo Community Development Office will be hosting Lead Abatement Worker (24 Hour) training

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August 22, 2019

$100 Million Dollar Amusement Park Breaks Ground in Waterloo, Iowa

The City of Waterloo is pleased to announce construction of a $100 million dollar amusement park will begin with a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, August 23.  Lost Island Amusement Park will be located at 2225 E Shaulis Rd, across from Lost Island Water Park.  Developers are Gary and Becky Bertch. When complete, the new almost 200-acre park is expected to generate an $32 million dollars in economic impact and provide 200 jobs.

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July 15, 2019

Waterloo First Dementia Friendly Community

July 15, 2019 - Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging CEO Donna Harvey will be announcing that the City of Waterloo has received the first Dementia Friendly Community certification in Iowa through Dementia Friendly America® (DFA).  The announcement will be made at the kick-off to UNI’s Gerontology Conference: Building a Dementia-Friendly Community on Friday, July 19 at 9:30 a.m.
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July 22, 2019

Heart for the City - Episode 50

This weeks guest is Mayor Quentin Hart with guest host Tara Thomas

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July 03, 2019

Quick Turn Around of Sanitary Sewer Repair near Cattle Congress

AECOM, the City of Waterloo, and Waterloo Waste Management Services are pleased to announce the completion of repairs to the force main sanitary sewer near the Cattle Congress grounds.  South Riverside Trail along the north side of Electric Park Ballroom to Conger Street will remain closed until the recreational trail and levee work has been completed.
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Summer Fun News
May 30, 2019

Gates Pool to Open Saturday - Byrnes Opening Delayed

May 30, 2019 - Gates Swimming Pool will open for the season this Saturday, June 1 at 11:00am while the opening of  Byrnes Swimming Pool is postponed due to an underground pipe break.  Swimming lessons relocated...
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May 30, 2019

Cattle Congress SAnitary Sewer Force Main Repair
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Waterloo Regional Airport Seeking Public Input

The City of Waterloo, Airport Board and Staff, along with Grow Cedar Valley’s Air Service Working Group, is seeking a combination of both public comment and that of the business community as to what direction the traveling public would prefer and support.

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Street Sweeping Week of June 17, 2019

First, Second, and Third Shift Sweepers will be sweeping throughout the week, weather permitting. We would appreciate citizens not parking vehicles on or placing garbage carts out into the streets included in these areas during this week.
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Waterloo Awarded MidAmerican Energy Trees Please! Grant

The grant is part of the MidAmerican Energy’s Trees Please! energy efficiency program. The program will allow Waterloo to fund tree planting projects in common areas such as publicly owned properties, schools and community spaces.
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25 Youth City Council members Improve Civility

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Iowa Irish Fest Holds State Of The Fest Event

I personally want to welcome all to the City of Waterloo for this affordable, family-friendly festival. While you vacation in our wonderfully diverse and hospitable community, please take the time to visit our amazing museums, dine in our acclaimed restaurants and if you need to cool off, check out Lost Island Waterpark—it’s been named one of the top ten waterparks in the nation
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Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is Accepting Nominations

The Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is accepting nominations now through Friday, March 1st for the 2019 Mayors' Volunteer Awards and Top Teen Awards. The awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service through volunteerism in the Cedar Valley.
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Did you miss the skatepark design workshop?

Watch the July 29, 2019 Skatepark Design Workshop
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Drain Tiles Discharged into Streets

Waterloo Code Enforcement is experiencing a high volume of calls for drain tiles that are being discharged into the city street causing ice to build up. We are asking residents to make sure that the point of discharge is no less that ten feet from any property line and is not creating a public nuisance.
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Rental Property

Rental Unit Registration

Rental Unit Registrations for the license period of January 1 to December 31, 2019 are due by November 1, 2018. 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.
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Waterloo Recieves Asphalt Awards

The City of Waterloo received two awards at the Iowa Asphalt Convention. Dan Baker and Larry Crain were present to receive the awards.
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The City of Waterloo 2019 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.
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September 24, 2018

City of Waterloo Development Update Winter 2018/19

The Winter 2018/19 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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November 05, 2018

Waterloo Recognized for Excellence in Financial Reporting  for the Fourteenth Year

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (CAFR). has been awarded to City of Waterloo, Iowa by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. This is the fifteenth year in a row the City has received this recognition. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to the individual(s) or department designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Government Finance Officers Association is a major professional association servicing the needs of nearly 20, 000 appointed and elected local, state, and provincial-level government officials and other finance practitioners. It provides top quality publications, training programs, services, and products designed to enhance the skills and performance of those responsible for government finance policy and management. The association is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Washington, D.C.

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Census 2020

The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. Tribal, state, and local governments; community­based organizations; faith-based groups; schools; businesses; the media; and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate residents to participate in the 2020 Census.

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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November 21, 2018

Officer Justin Brandt Hail Mary Project

Waterloo Police Officer Justin Brandt was honored for his work last week with Enrique Camarena Award by the US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.
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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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May 02, 2018

SBA Names City of Waterloo as the 2018 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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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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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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Waterloo Public Library Launches New Website

Waterloo Public Library Launches New Website:
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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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