Czech Village / New Bohemia


A Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) is a financing mechanism used to fund district-specific improvements and services to supplement, not replace, existing municipal services. A designated district is able to levy taxes on commercial and industrial properties within the district boundary. A designated district is self-imposed and self-governing. Non-commercial, non-industrial properties are exempt from paying the assessment. These properties can voluntarily contribute to the SSMID funds or can volunteer to be assessed.

The Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID will improve the neighborhood and the Cedar Rapids community in a variety of ways:

  • Economic development
  • Communications and Advocacy
  • Capital Improvements
  • Enhanced Maintenance
  • Parking/Transportation Management

CVNB SSMID Commission meetings are open to the public and are held on the first floor of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library on the third Thursday of each month from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

2018 Czech Village/New Bohemia Annual Report

2018 Achievements

  • Streetscape and beautification through District planter maintenance
  • Created and installed iconic placemaking banners for Czech Village, Bridge of Lions and New Bohemia
  • Strategic stakeholder communications developed for implementation in 2019
  • Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance became Czech Village/New Bohemia SSMID administrator
  • Contributed to Martin Luther King Jr. banners with the African American Museum
  • Contributed to parking lot maintenance fund in Czech Village

District Plans for 2019

  • Continue building capital improvement fund
  • Continue to explore District parking solutions
  • Enhance streetscaping with more flowers in more places
  • Street banner pole repair and maintenance
  • Contribute to District planning updates
  • Maintain levy rate at $1.25/$1000 assessed value
  • Strategic stakeholder communications including launch of monthly Stakeholder e-Communication, social media platform and procurement of dynamic District visuals and online presence.
  • Upkeep of new planting and streetscape on 16th Avenue extension
  • Contribute to City of Cedar Rapids’ Bike Share program

Download the full Annual Report (PDF)

SSMID Commission Members

  • Craig Byers
  • Lijun Chadima
  • Stephanie Jelinek
  • Pam Lewis
  • Ana McClain
  • Chad Pelley
  • Jim Piersall, Chair
  • Bob Schaffer

SSMID Commission Meeting Agendas



SSMID Commission Meeting Minutes




Czech Village/NewBohemia District News

Visioning For the Future of Czech Village/New Bohemia District

Economic Alliance | Jul 11, 2019

In early June, the City of Cedar Rapids sought public input on the Czech Village/NewBo Action Plan, a comprehensive look at the … Read More

Czech Village/New Bohemia Plans for Next Chapter of the District

Jun 11, 2018

A commission composed of property owners in the Czech Village/New Bohemia District are focusing efforts on a few key priorities.… Read More

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