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Moving Cedar Falls Forward

Cedar Falls is a great place to live, and keeping it great requires initiative, fresh thinking, and a willingness to be bold. I ran for city council in 2009 promising those attributes and since that time, have absorbed countless experiences that have honed my perspective, leadership style, and effectiveness.  

What I want to do in the next 4 years in four bullets:

  • Minimize taxes - pursue operational excellence in all city departments
  • Strengthen infrastructure - make thoughtful investments to support growth - complete streets, regionalized wastewater treatment
  • Advocate for CF's next signature project - the Cedar River Experience
  • Promote good policy - zoning update, public-private-intergovernmental partnerships, open/transparent/responsive government

 

My recent blog posts:

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    Wastewater Updgrades

    Cedar Falls' wastewater treatment plant is nearing the end of its technological life. There are many considerations beyond the project... Waterloo's sewer system decree, multi-jurisdictional management, rate-setting, and true cost (and benefits) of redeveloping the current, downtown site. Given the magnitude of the project and potential benefits, this may be the most important decision facing city council in the next four years. Let's discuss:

     

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    Cedar River Potential

    The Cedar River is our city's greatest natural asset. Cedar Falls has an opportunity to make the river a defining feature of our community. Great things are made possible by public-private partnerships, stay tuned for more details.

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    Ready to Serve Again

    ExcitedForTheOpportunity.pngNick Taiber is seeking to renew his service to the citizens of Cedar Falls. In his inaugural run in 2009, he ran a spirited campaign to inject new ideas, energy and experience. In 2019, he vows to double-down on his commitment to Cedar Falls and work to unify our city in a common vision with independent, thoughtful and visionary leadership.

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    Neighborhood Solutions

    2119_College_elevation.PNGFor decades, Cedar Falls' traditional neighborhoods have pushed back against the tide of single-family-to-rental conversions. Councils have tried occupancy restrictions, nuisance expansions, enforcement, people-carrying-capacity calculations, moratoriums, conversion incentives and so on.  While the actions are noble in their intent, the impact is hardly discernible. Added residential density around the University is the surest solution for traditional neighborhood concerns.

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    Taiber Says Farewell and Cheers to Eight Great Years

    SignLocator.JPGIt has been a good run Cedar Falls. I count 8 years of gratitude for the privilege of serving the citizens of our great city. With each new day, whether I was in Cedar Falls or a distant land, Cedar Falls was top of my mind. I look back and am reminded how many people helped me on this journey from the first campaign to my last days on the job, from citizens to staff to friends and family, you know who you are, you know I am grateful beyond words.

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    Public Safety Delivers

    PublicSafety.PNGIn 2014, Cedar Falls City Council took a visionary step to modernize public safety services. Under a public safety model, police and fire services are operationally aligned in tactical response, leadership, strategic planning and fiscal management. We are incorporating cross-training, technology and strategy to improve our capabilities. In the old way, police and fire each operated in their silos with minimal interaction, their own bureaucracy and manpower. Cedar Falls is young in its journey, but public safety services are already measurably better and costing less.

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    Council Philosophy & Virtue of Term Limits

    Economy1.pngEvery day is a new day my Cedar Falls friends! While undercurrents of political dissatisfaction seem to exist no matter your political leaning, we can take comfort knowing Cedar Falls is on a solid path. In 2016, we welcomed Mayor Jim Brown and Councilman Tom Blanford to the chambers of 200 Clay Street. We launched the most ambitious road and infrastructure project in the history of our city, University Avenue. We rose above ominous flood waters. We inked an historic agreement for public-private golf operations. We advanced Public Safety modernization. We processed a record level of building permits. On the other side of good, we expanded the government control over our lives from misguided rental code expansion to denying backyard chicken freedom. But on a whole, I am proud of our city's continued progress.

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    Eulogy: Death of the Independent Candidate


    TaiberIA-House.pngRejoice, the election is over. And while some may not like all the outcomes, we are resilient. Our greatness doesn’t come from our government, it comes from the people. The day our nation’s mood is set by political outcomes, is the day government has become too big, too high stakes. For my race, I am beat up and spit out, disappointed, yet grateful to have the opportunity to run. I offer reflections on my Independent bid for Iowa House District 59 in the words to follow.

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    Wisconsin IM 3.0

    IM_WI.JPGOn Sunday (9/11/2016) I embark on Ironman 3.0. In any ordinary year, an Ironman commitment will throw a person's life out of balance. Admittedly, I am out of balance, swinging my arms on the edge. But I’ve always liked being on the edge, this feels normal. This year, my Ironman pursuit is blurred by the other priorities in life… from work obligations to city council, from Self-Help International to family commitments... this is what I love, operating at capacity. Oh, and that Iowa House thing! I do my training when others are sleeping (before dawn and way after dusk), my days are occupied by work, my evenings are dedicated to door knocking, at night I catch up on council and IA House duties. Family fills the gaps. I would rather redline than look back with regret.

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    Leader in Business

    Champion.jpgWhen a politician uses phrases like 'job creation' and 'improve our economy', ask for their credentials to speak on the topic. Heck, ask what they know about economics, capital markets, and workforce development. Ask them if they have worked with local, state or foreign governments to establish or grow businesses. In my professional life, I build businesses for CPM Holdings and wear many hats. One day, I might be closing a multi-national acquisition. Every day, I make at least one pot of coffee. I know business.

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