Cedar Valley Influencer

Nilvia
Reyes-Rodriguez
Career Level: Mid Career
A little bit about Nilvia!
I am a first-generation immigrant from Mexico, though I've lived in the Cedar Valley for most of my life. I received my B.A. in Public Administration with a minor in History from the University of Northern Iowa. I love working at Cedar Valley United Way because it gives me the opportunity to work with other amazing people in the community to create change. When I'm not working, my daughter and I love spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, and traveling. Some people may find it interesting that every year since 2020, I've taken a solo camping and hiking trip.
Nilvia's Top 5 Favorite Things About the Cedar Valley!

1

Enjoying margaritas on the patio at El Patron

2

Bike riding on any of the amazing nature trails

3

Attending local events - Riverloop Rhythms, FridayLoo, Fiesta, etc.

4

Live music shows at The Octopus

5

Bucks games in the summer or Black Hawk games in the winter

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4 days ago
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“The quality of life here for raising a family is what kept us here. We also found a community with similar family values and faith focus that enriched our lives immensely.”

Tara Thomas-Gettman is the Director of Strategic Communication for the City of Waterloo. Originally coming to the Cedar Valley in 2002 from Washington state for a job opportunity at KWWL-TV, she and her husband decided to stay long-term and raise their children here. She also loves the diversity of the Cedar Valley and sees that as a huge strength of our community. Thanks for living the valley Tara!

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“The quality of life here for raising a family is what kept us here. We also found a community with similar family values and faith focus that enriched our lives immensely.”

Tara Thomas-Gettman is the Director of Strategic Communication for the City of Waterloo. Originally coming to the Cedar Valley in 2002 from Washington state for a job opportunity at KWWL-TV, she and her husband decided to stay long-term and raise their children here. She also loves the diversity of the Cedar Valley and sees that as a huge strength of our community. Thanks for living the valley Tara! 

#livethevalley City of Waterloo #familymatters 
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Go girl🤟🏽

Awesome Tara

2 weeks ago
Live the Valley

“The Cedar Valley is a great place for a young professional to learn, grow, and start building a career. I fell in love with the ‘small-town with big-town opportunities’ vibe that the area provides.”

Chris Hale is the Managing Director at the Cedar Falls Community Theatre. Originally from San Antonio, Chris attended college in the Cedar Valley and decided to stay and start a career. The appreciation for all of the arts opportunities in the Cedar Valley is a big reason why they love living and working here. Thanks for living the valley Chris!

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“The Cedar Valley is a great place for a young professional to learn, grow, and start building a career. I fell in love with the ‘small-town with big-town opportunities’ vibe that the area provides.” 

Chris Hale is the Managing Director at the Cedar Falls Community Theatre. Originally from San Antonio, Chris attended college in the Cedar Valley and decided to stay and start a career. The appreciation for all of the arts opportunities in the Cedar Valley is a big reason why they love living and working here. Thanks for living the valley Chris!

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Thanks for stopping by! We will see y’all at the next show. 🤩

3 weeks ago
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Today feels like a great day to tuck yourself into your favorite coffee shop while you work.

What’s your go-to spot to be productive in the Cedar Valley?
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Today feels like a great day to tuck yourself into your favorite coffee shop while you work. 

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3 CommentsComment on Facebook

Sarah’s Espresso Cafe or Tea Cellar!

Sidecar Coffee on Ridgeway!!

Sarah’s Espresso and Cabin Coffee are my top two!

3 weeks ago
Live the Valley

Shoutout to our #LiveTheValley influencer Nilvia Reyes Rodriguez and Cedar Valley United Way for the Breakfast of Champions event today. We love living in a community that is passionate about improving lives. 🥰

#bettertogether #unitedway #HelpingPeopleWin
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Shoutout to our #livethevalley influencer Nilvia Reyes Rodriguez and Cedar Valley United Way for the Breakfast of Champions event today. We love living in a community that is passionate about improving lives. 🥰

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4 weeks ago
Live the Valley

With two Iowa teams in the sweet sixteen, it’s a great time to #livethevalley! 🏀 Where are you going to take in the games? Here’s some great Cedar Valley options:

📍Pump Haus - Cedar Falls
📍Damon’s Sports Bar and Grill - Waterloo
📍The Dirty Dog American Bar and Grill - Waverly
📍Chad’s Pizza - College Hill Cedar Falls
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With two Iowa teams in the sweet sixteen, it’s a great time to #livethevalley! 🏀 Where are you going to take in the games? Here’s some great Cedar Valley options:

📍Pump Haus - Cedar Falls
📍Damon’s Sports Bar and Grill - Waterloo
📍The Dirty Dog American Bar and Grill - Waverly
📍Chad’s Pizza - College Hill Cedar FallsImage attachment
4 weeks ago
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Our #livethevalley influencer Kyle Brown stopped by Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for a great show. 🤩 There’s always great entertainment options here in the Cedar Valley! ... See MoreSee Less

Our #livethevalley influencer Kyle Brown stopped by Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center for a great show. 🤩 There’s always great entertainment options here in the Cedar Valley!Image attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment
1 month ago
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Did you know the Cedar Valley is 13.3% more affordable than the national average?!