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Welcome to the Uptown District's home page!

By strengthening our District, we are continually working to make Cedar Rapids a stronger community.

Explore our website for District and city-wide opportunities available to you.
Click here for a list of members, Not on the list? Become a member today!
Learn all about our new Executive Director, Jerry Ziese.

Organization Quick Facts

  • Non-profit organization, established February 2007
  • Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Consists of businesses, organizations and friends between 10th and 20th Streets along First Avenue, including Coe College and Mount Mercy University, Moundview Neighborhood, and Wellington Heights
  • Monthly meetings are held to discuss and resolve issues
  • Regularly meets with Cedar Rapids Police to discuss safety and concerns
  • Contributions are used for District-wide programming and promotion of District businesses and partners


District Accomplishments

  • 1st Avenue 12 Trash Receptacles
  • 1st Avenue 100 Trees
  • 1st Avenue Police Substation
  • Coe College & Mount Mercy University Fall & Spring Uptown District Clean Up (Annual)
  • Coe College & Mount Mercy University President Reception (Annual)
  • Coe College & Mount Mercy University Student Discount Card (Annual)
  • Franklin Middle School Safe Routes to School Sidewalks

2014 District Goals

  • Increase District membership and continue growth
  • Host District-wide and collaborate with nonprofits
  • Maintain beautification and enhancements of the District (clean-up days and trash receptacles)
  • Promote the Student Savings Discount Card and encourage the support of District businesses
  • Continued efforts of safety and security of the District

Discover CR Blue Zones!

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Become a Member
The Uptown District has many new goals for the year. We want you to be a part of them. Continue to propel the District forward by becoming a contributing member today! The District is here to serve you and your businesses, so please let us know what we can do to help promote your organization. If you're interested in becoming a member, please email Or fill out our membership application here: 2013 Membership App

Be sure to check out a complete list of our District Member Events!


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