Thursday, September 24, 2015
Every year the Master's students in Urban and Regional Planning take on capstone projects to help Iowa communities through the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. In the 2013-2014 academic year, five students created a resource on Self-Supported Municipal Improvement Districts (SSMIDs) and the toolkit is now being used by the City of Cedar Rapids.
The Gazette newspaper recently ran a story on both the New Bohemia and Czech Village areas' proposals to create a SSMID, which will use a tax increase for the business in those areas to increase beautification and marketing.
See the full story here.