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Waterloo and Cedar Falls Seek Community Input for Consolidated Planning

The Cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls are in the process of developing a Consolidated Plan for 2019-2023 for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME funds. The Consolidated Plan will identify the communities’ priorities for allocating these federal grant funds to housing and community development needs and priorities for the next five years.
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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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Heart for the City - Episode 40

Guests include: Pete Hjelmstad, IDOT District 2 Field Services Coordinator, Mark Little, MET Transit General Manager, and Amy Homan, Director of Marketing Iowa Northern Railway Company
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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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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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City of Waterloo offices will be closed on Monday, December 24th and Tuesday December 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday. Offices will also be closed on Tuesday January 1st, 2019, in observance of New Year’s Day. There will be no curbside garbage collection those days.
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The City of Waterloo Compost Facility will be closing its hours of operation for the winter season on Friday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m.
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Home Buyer Education Classes


Managing Your Money
Understanding Credit
Buying A Home
What You Can Afford
Shopping For A Home
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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, 2017. This is the fourteenth 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.
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October 08, 2018

HUD-VASH Vouchers Awarded

The City of Waterloo Housing Authority will receive Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) effective October 1, 2018. As part of the Waterloo Housing Authority’s mission to provide decent, safe, affordable, and sanitary housing, these VASH vouchers will serve 19 low-income homeless veterans in Waterloo.
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Community Development

Your Opinion Counts

A variety of eligible activities may be undertaken with Community Development Block Grant funds and HOME funds to meet community development and housing needs. These activities must benefit low- moderate income persons or must aid in the prevention of slum and blight.
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Community Development

Community Development Block Grant

The City of Waterloo, acting through its Community Development Board is now accepting proposals for the use of (CDBG) and HOME Program funds for FY2020. Written proposals must be submitted to Rudy D. Jones, Community Development Director, Waterloo Community Development Board, 620 Mulberry Street, Waterloo, Iowa 50703, using the required application form and received no later than December 31, 2018.
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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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Compost Facility/Yardwaste Fall Hours

The City of Waterloo’s Compost Facility will be adjusting its hours of operation for the fall season on Monday, October 1st. The fall hours of operation will be 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, 7 days a week until the site closes for the season on December 1st.
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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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University Avenue Construction

University Avenue Reconstruction Project

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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Highway 63 Reconstruction Project

The Highway 63 reconstruction project will be affecting the Cedar Valley SportsPlex within the next week; due to a sewer line being replaced on Jefferson Street right in front of the building.
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On Monday, July 30th the recycling containers at B&B East, located at Bishop Street and Independence Avenue, will be removed due to abuse and illegal dumping.
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Parking app, PassportParking
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Police Department to institute speed cameras beginning November 15, 2017

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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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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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