The Iowa League of Cities recognized the city of Waterloo as a 2015 All-Star Community at the League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit, which was held in Cedar Rapids from September 23-25. Officials from the city were at the Awards Banquet to accept the award which recognized the Cedar Valley SportsPlex.

The All-Star Community Award is the most prestigious honor given by the League to cities. Winners were named in August, and Waterloo was among three of Iowa’s 946 cities to garner such recognition by the panel of judges. A forth winner, chosen by popular vote on Facebook was announced at the conference.

Quentin Hart (Courtesy: City of Waterloo)

In addition, Council Member Quentin Hart was presented the Rhonda Wood Smith Award, which recognizes exemplary work of young city officials and those new to city government. The award is named for Rhonda Wood Smith, a single mother that served as the mayor of Garner from 1993 to 1997 before she succumbed to cancer on January 15, 1997.

The intent of the Rhonda Wood Smith Award is to encourage and affirm participation in local government by young people who may make greater sacrifice for public service due to significant career and family commitments. Award criteria included innovation, bold leadership, commitment and sacrifice.

During the award presentation Hart, council member from Waterloo’s 4th Ward and Mayor Pro Tem, was described as “unwavering in his willingness to step-up and give back to his community.”