History and Progress


The Cedar Rapids community has seen an incredible amount of change over the past several years, due largely from the impact of the 2008 flood. The Economic Alliance is playing a part in assisting the City of Cedar Rapids with flood protection efforts through public policy advocacy and community outreach. As a staunch supporter and advocate for state and federal dollars, the EA has assisted the City of Cedar Rapids in securing $264 million over 20 years to build a flood protection system on both sides of the Cedar River. Read about the Cedar Rapids Flood Control System on the City of Cedar Rapids' website.

Cedar Rapids’ Accolades and National Rankings

“All American City in 2014 by the National Civic League, only 6 short years after the flood of 2008.”

“Blue Zone Community”

“Cedar Rapids was named one of the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live, 2016 by Livability.com”

Flood Protection Resources

Get more information about flood protection plans and recovery information from the City of Cedar Rapids. Plus, read the latest Downtown Vision Plan.

Business Long Term Recovery

The small business initiative, Business Long Term Recovery, was introduced Feb. 2010 through collective flood relief efforts. Read more about how flood-damaged businesses have benefitted.

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