Community Investment: $14 million
Status: Completed and open to the public
Address: 317 Seventh Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Description: Devastating floods in June 2008 damaged or destroyed 1,400 city blocks in the Cedar Rapids area, displacing thousands of people, businesses and nonprofit organizations. As part of the recovery and rebuilding process, innovative and cost-effective solutions were being explored and collaborative projects were introduced.
Thanks to a $10 million grant from the State of Iowa’s Culver/Judge I-JOBS program and the generosity of numerous local private donors, construction of the 67,000-square-foot Human Services Campus of East Central Iowa (HSC) was completed in late 2010.
Over 100 people were on hand September 30, 2009, for groundbreaking ceremonies at the site of the new facility, on the block from 7th to 8th Avenue SE, between 3rd and 4th Streets in Cedar Rapids.
The Human Services Campus is managed by a separate 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, with the board of directors comprised of community volunteers and business leaders.
Fourteen non-profits are housed at the campus.
Community Partners: I-JOBS, State & Federal Legislators, Linn County Board of Supervisors, Cedar Rapids City Council, OPN Architects, Rinderknecht Construction, Climate Engineers, Design Engineers, P.C., KJWW Engineering Consultants, Modern Piping, Paulson Electric, Ryan Companies US, Inc., and Schnoor-Bonifazi.