New survey shows Cedar Rapids strengths, weaknesses

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) A new survey shows where citizens believe Cedar Rapids is flourishing and where there’s room for improvement.

The city paid a Boulder, Colorado company about $28,000 to survey 3,000 Cedar Rapidians through mailers and an online survey. The results show people are hope the city will focus on street repairs, public safety, and job creation.

“To have streets and street maintenance come up as the number one concern, shows we're in tune with our citizens and what they think is important is what we think is important,” said Assistant City Manager Sandi Fowler.

For the third year in a row, the city is using 100 percent of a one cent local option sales tax to improve roads; a series of projects called Paving for Progress.

The survey also shows citizens are loyal to the city, with 80 percent of repsondents saying they would recommend living in Cedar Rapids to others an dthey plan to remain in the city for at least five more years.

More than 30 percent of those respondents are young people.

“That's a strong statement, especially from young people who are very mobile and can be mobile,” Fowler said. “It's great that they see Cedar Rapids is providing the things they want and that maybe we're starting to adding things and they know there's more to come.”

About 70 percent also said they believe the city’s best days are still ahead.