University of Iowa

Cedar County

Cedar County, Iowa
Iowa Counties 
Cedar

Cedar County is an agriculture-centric area sandwiched between Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and the Quad Cities. Looking to preserve its agricultural heritage and picturesque landscape while continuing to develop, leaders in Cedar County enlisted help from the East Central Intergovernmental Association and the University of Iowa to create a comprehensive plan.  Completing a comprehensive plan for a community typically takes 18 months. Faculty and students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning were able to create a plan in half that time. In addition, the group completed a community visioning plan, which has helped Cedar County earn the Iowa Great Places designation.

“The planning team from the University of Iowa were thorough and thoughtful in their work of engaging citizen and leadership stakeholders. It has substantially aided buy-in of a community based, sustainable development strategy in Cedar County,” said Rod Ness, Executive Director for the Cedar County Economic Development Organization.  “Their work is allowing us to quickly move forward on substantive projects benefiting all of our communities.”