East Central Iowa Council of Governments

Your Regional Planning Agency

Housing & Community Development Department

Welcome to the Community Development Department, serving Benton, Iowa, Jones, Johnson, Linn and Washington Counties.
The department is staffed by:
Chad Sands, Housing & Community Development Director
Gary Hughes, Grant Writer/Administrator
Melanie Riley, Housing Planner
Jacob Spratt, Housing Specialist


Services Offered:

ECICOG offers local governments a variety of technical assistance on land use planning, zoning and subdivision regulation, and local government financing. ECICOG also assists cities in updating their code of ordinances as required by state regulations. Our staff can provide information on historic preservation, recreation planning, downtown revitalization, and urban renewal special taxation districts. Among local governments, ECICOG is perhaps best known for it success in securing and administering state and federal funds for local infrastructure improvement and community facility projects.

Using a variety of grants, loans, and local financial tools, our staff also helps create an exciting environment where local governments become active partners in developing and preserving quality, affordable housing. ECICOG provides planning and administrative assistance to communities and counties in their efforts to address local housing needs. Housing rehabilitation, adaptive reuse of existing structures, and new housing developments are some of the opportunities assisted through ECICOG. Housing needs assessments can also be conducted to better determine local housing demand.

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 and other nondiscrimination authorities,
it is the policy of the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) that discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex,
age, disability or income status shall not occur in connection with any if its programs or activities.


East Central Iowa Council of Governments
700 16th Street NE, Suite 301
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Phone: 319-365-9941
Fax: 319-365-9981


Web Content Contact: Nicole Van Nelson at nicole.vannelson@ecicog.org