Stay up-to-date on the latest community news and events by watching the Mayor's Community Connection series

Community Connection is a video series that highlights the different people and organizations in our community. Each episode, Mayor Bruce Teague interviews guests about a variety of issues that are important to our residents.

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Watch Episodes of Community Connection

This page will have the five latest episodes of Community Connection for you to watch. To browse the entire series, visit our YouTube playlist for Community Connection.

Iowa City is home to many terrific parks, and while we love our playground equipment and trails, we’re also working to create nature spaces. Tyler Baird, Superintendent of Parks and Forestry, discusses efforts to establish and preserve prairies at several parks across our community. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause financial problems for many Iowans who have fallen behind on bills, rent, or mortgage. To help ease that burden, the Iowa Finance Authority is offering help through the Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program and the Iowa Homeowner Foreclosure Prevention Program. Sara Barron, Executive Director of the Johnson County Affordable Housing Coalition, helps break down the eligibility requirements and application process.

Learn how you can help support Special Olympics Iowa athletes by jumping into frigid waters! The Iowa City Polar Plunge is a signature fundraiser that is happening on May 8, 2021, with COVID-19 safety precautions in place. Event Coordinator Maddie Nelson explains how you can participate by forming a team to take an icy dip in the Coralville Lake or making a financial donation to the cause.

Meet the Iowa City Police Department's first full-time Victim Services Coordinator, Ann Thompson. Learn how Thompson will work directly with victims to get them access to services and resources they may need following traumatic experiences. The hiring of Thompson represents an important step in the City's preliminary plan to restructure the police department. The Victim Services Coordinator position replaces one full-time police officer.

Celebrate International Women's Day by taking part in the Night of 1,000 Dinners, hosted by the Johnson County Chapter of the United Nations Association. This pandemic-safe virtual event will feature music, dance, and prizes! Plus, all proceeds will go to local food banks to help offset the demand caused by COVID-19.