More than 40 volunteers contribute over 2,000 volunteer hours each year to provide mission driven services, promotions, events, and programming focused on community development in the Czech Village/New Bohemia Main Street District. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our members.

Bruce Nesmith moved to Cedar Rapids in 1989 to take a job at Coe College. Working as a professor in the political science department, he stays connected with the Cedar Rapids community. He is active in Corridor Urbanism, a local group that promotes sustainable urban design. (Corridor Urbanism is hosting “Imagine Mound View” next Saturday afternoon.) Bruce also hosts a blog about urban and social issues at Holy Mountain ( and volunteers at Legion Arts, Garfield School, and the Linn County Trails Assocation.

Bruce joined the Design Committee a couple years ago after a presentation by our Executive Director Jennifer Pruden.  He enjoys interacting with the other people on the committee as well as working to make the district a better place that promotes economic growth, aesthetic and historic value, and broad inclusion.

When asked about the upcoming event Room with a Brew, Bruce says “Room with a Brew 2016 was great, and this will be better! It promotes the best features of a walkable city: places to live, places to go, and easy ways to get there on foot.”