In 1986, a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created by vote of the downtown property owners for community development, streetscape and beautification improvements. They agreed to tax themselves as an additional assessment every year to revitalize the area.

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 Cedar Rapids Metro 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 Economic Alliance 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.

Aerial view of Mays Island and Downtown Cedar Rapids


Vision Plan Projects

Ragbrai mural on the side of the Hall Bicycle company building
Downtown Murals
Vibrancy throughout public and private properties has been a strategic focus for Downtown Cedar Rapids...
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Generation Square with large projection on the side of a building
Generation Square
In late 2021 the Downtown SSMID installed a high tech projector at 3rd & 3rd SE accompanied by a...
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Race for the Space contest recipients
Race for the Space
Race for the Space is a business competition designed to support a startup’s next big idea, a current...
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Alliant Energy Tower Lit for Pride
Façade Improvement Program
The Downtown Façade Improvement Program encourages property and business owners within the downtown to...
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