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October 2017

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Linn County Launches Logo Redesign Challenge with Open Call for Submissions 

Linn County is redesigning its logo and is seeking submissions from eligible persons and/or firms. The County is accepting submissions beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. 

Linn County needs a logo that can lend itself to a variety of uses and must be highly functional in the following uses - not limited to:

  • Letterhead, envelopes, business cards
  • Decals (print/embroidered)
  • Signage
  • Promotional items (e.g., pens, water bottles, coffee mugs, key chains)
  • Website
  • Horizontal and vertical display

In addition to the logo, the County is seeking a companion county seal. The new logo and seal will be used to visually identify Linn County. The logo may also be used to update the Linn County flag. Only one (1) submission is allowed per person or company. The individual or firm selected will receive $2,500 in compensation. Persons must be current Linn County residents and firms must be located in Linn County, Iowa. Submission applications can be completed and submitted through Linn County’s online portal or via email between Oct. 2 and 5:00 p.m Nov. 15.

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Absentee Voting Underway for Regular City Elections

Early, absentee voting is currently underway in Linn County for the Regular City Elections. Linn County administers elections for 17 cities.

Voters may vote in person at the Election Services Department of the Auditor’s Office Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or request an absentee ballot. Voters can return an absentee ballot by mail or hand-deliver their ballot to the Election Services Department. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 in order to be counted.

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Help Measure Flood Resilience in Linn County

How did the September 2016 flood event impact our community? The Resilient America program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine  is working with Linn County and a variety of organizations in the region to better understand the impacts of flooding in our community. They are conducting an online survey of households about flood resilience and invite you to participate.
They seek to understand your experiences during the 2016 flood event as well as new efforts and initiatives. The survey is open to all residents of Linn County, not just those who have experienced floods.
To participate in this voluntary survey, click here.

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Witwer Trust Grant Application Cycle Begins Nov. 1

The Linn County Board of Supervisors will begin accepting grant applications for the fiscal year 2018 Witwer Trust Grant Program on Nov. 1. Non-profit organizations in Linn County may apply for grant funding for projects that benefit Linn County residents. This year, $80,000 is available. The application deadline is Dec. 15, 2017.

Eligibility requirements and a list of frequently asked questions are available on the Linn County website at This is a competitive grant process.

Spark Up! SET Task Force event Thursday, November 16

SET Task Force Community Update

Please mark your calendars for Spark Up! A convening designed to update the public on the progress of the Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities (SET) Task Force and engage community members and leaders to develop future action plans.

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library. Dinner and childcare will be provided. This event is free and open to individuals who RSVP.

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Local Early Childhood Board Seeks New Members

The Linn County Early Childhood Iowa Board seeks new board members to be an active partner in the early childhood system.

The primary role of the local Board is to award state funds to early childhood care and education programs that serve young children, prenatal through 5 years, and their families in Linn County. Other duties include assessing community needs and communicating with legislators and community on the importance of quality early childhood. 

Applications for Board membership will be accepted through Nov. 12, 2017. Visit the Linn County Early Childhood Iowa website to learn more. 

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Did you know Linn County provides regular email and text updates on secondary road work throughout the county? Visit our website for a list of county road construction projects and to subscribe to the notification list.

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