Founded in 1868, Located in the Upper Midwest, Waterloo is the major metro of the Cedar Valley Region of Northeast Iowa. As the Black Hawk County Seat, Waterloo is the hub for government, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, education, employment, and retail for the region with a labor force draw of over 300,000.
Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Why Waterloo, IA?
Waterloo is also home to TechWorks Campus, a 30-acre advanced manufacturing, research & development, innovation, education, commercial and manufacturing center including the University of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Additive Manufacturing Center and Design Lab, Hawkeye Community College Design Lab and North America’s largest 3D printer.
Waterloo has a rich history of entrepreneurialism and strong start-up ecosystem. Major brands located in Waterloo include John Deere, Tyson Foods, ConAgra Grocer Products, Ryder Integrated Logistics, Bertch Cabinets, and Omega – MasterBrand Cabinets. The Riverfront Renaissance project utilized state “Vision Iowa” funds, as well as private funds, local funds, and partnerships with other businesses to create three new developments in the downtown area along the Cedar River
Waterloo is a great place to work and live – we’re also a great place to visit! From our extensive network of trails to our thriving arts district and dozens of locally-owned restaurants, sports venues and entertainment options – Waterloo offers a unique experience that gets better with every visit. Come for one of our 11 major festivals including the Iowa Irish Fest. Have some fun in the sun at Lost Island, rated one of the Top 10 waterparks in the US then grab a local brew along the riverfront at SingleSpeed. Our revitalized downtown offers more than 40 local restaurants and nightlife establishments with enough flavor for everyone.