new bohemia main street award 2017


As part of the 31st-annual Main Street Iowa Awards in Des Moines, Philip Platz, a volunteer on the Czech Village-New Bohemia Main Street District’s promotions committee, was honored with a leadership award for his work with the district. Philip currently serves on the board of the Linn County Trails Association, as well as the Uptown District. He is also a member of Mount Mercy University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

The Linn County Main Street Programs Regional Partnership also received an award for Best Outstanding Partners, which includes Central City, Czech Village-New Bohemia, Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group, and Uptown Marion, Main Street Districts. The award recognized the collaborative efforts of the four organizations through a joint marketing project developed through Linn County funding. The awards were presented on April 7 at the Hoyt Sherman Place near downtown Des Moines.

About the District

The Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District was formed in May of 2009 to breathe economic life into a historic area of Cedar Rapids. Established by emigrants, the District had suffered economic decline for many years and was nearly destroyed by record flooding in 2008. Despite these hardships, courageous business owners and residents began the task of rebuilding.

Cedar Rapids is currently in a period of unprecedented urban and civic renewal. Two of our city’s most unique and important neighborhoods are playing a key role in this rebirth – Czech Village and New Bohemia are fast becoming the city’s flagship district – a magnet for citizens, tourists, and businesses, and a venue for the area’s most exciting events, entertainment, dining, and shopping.