The Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CRACVB) has completed its relocation to the Kosek Building in Czech Village, 87 16th Avenue SW, Suite 200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
The CRACVB has resided at its current location at 119 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids for many years, but relocated for several months to Lindale Mall following the flood in June 2008.
“The cost savings as a result of our new location will free up more funds each year to help us further our mission of attracting conventions, sporting events and visitors to the area,” said Marilee Fowler, CRACVB President and CEO, “We look forward to seeing higher traveler foot traffic and using new ways to bring information directly to area visitors.”
The historic Kosek building is owned by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) and houses “Rising Above: The Story of a People and the Flood,” the definitive exhibition devoted to the catastrophic flooding of 2008. The space currently occupied by the NCSML museum store on the building’s first floor will be shared with the CRACVB, serving as a Welcome Center, allowing visitors to interact with both organizations. CRACVB visitors will be able to tour the “Rising Above” exhibition at no charge, courtesy of the NCSML.
The CRACVB is exploring options for a visitor information site in close proximity to the Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, along with mobile kiosks that can move around the community to events attracting large numbers of visitors.Visitor information can be accessed at all times via the web and mobile devices at www.Cedar-Rapids.com.