Welcome to Czech Village & New Bohemia, two thriving historic neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, full of award-winning restaurants, live music, vibrant art, culture, and fun for all ages.
This is your one-stop destination for all things new and exciting in The District! Check out our jam-packed calendar for your next family outing or select the perfect date night destination in our Directory. The District is a happening place - start here to plan your next visit.
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A native of Cedar Rapids, Jim currently serves as the Illinois Main Street State Coordinator with Main Street America. In this role, he works with 22 designated communities across Illinois, providing leadership training, community and board development, fundraising guidance and marketing partnerships. He begins his new role with The District on October 30, with full service beginning in late November.
He previously served as Interim Executive Director with CSPS Hall, Vice President with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, and longtime Executive Director with the Historic Valley Junction Foundation in West Des Moines. He has worked with communities in several states, is a nationally-Certified Main Street Manager (CMSM) and is an active Cedar Rapids community volunteer and advocate. He currently serves as Board President for Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre and as Board Director/Secretary for Revival Theatre Company.
From Board President Jeff Morrow, “We are thrilled to welcome Jim as our new Executive Director. He brings leadership, enthusiasm, local knowledge and experience that will move us forward and continue building on our successes. We are lucky to have Jim at the helm.”
Jim comments, "I was born and raised in southwest Cedar Rapids, graduating from Wilson and Jefferson, with many memories in this neighborhood. I clearly remember meeting at CSPS soon after the flood of 2008, discussing the district and working with the Iowa Economic Development Authority to begin recovery and revitalization. I've enjoyed my role as supporter, volunteer and board director in the past, and I'm humbled and excited to be in Cedar Rapids. Working together, we’ll make some great things happen. I’m grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to serving the community, neighborhood and over 220 businesses..”
Enjoy your day in Czech Village & New Bohemia!
The District is a 501(c)3 non-profit community-building organization dedicated to keeping Czech Village & New Bohemia unique, vibrant, and thriving.
Our team works hard each day to promote economic development in the city of Cedar Rapids by uplifting and supporting our local retailers, restaurants, and professional services. When you spend money at a local business, 64% of that money stays in our economy!
The District is also actively involved in the placemaking and beautification of our historic neighborhoods through our partnership with the CVNB SSMID. This year, we hope to continue working on public art initiatives.
Throughout the year, The District hosts some large shopping events through Czech Village and New Bohemia including favorites like the Charm Bracelet Build, Tiki Tour, Cider Stroll & Shop Local Saturday!
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