Those of you who have been served by our agency since the time of our merger in 2003 know that our current agency name–AEA 267–has a storied and interesting history. For some, the name “AEA 267” was synonymous with the joining of three agencies into one. For many, the name was a constant reminder of separateness.
The AEA 267 Board of Directors took a bold step during their October 2016 meeting to change the agency’s name. Our new name, Central Rivers Area Education Agency (AEA), is a nod to the many rivers that run throughout our 18-county territory, uniting us and flowing freely without regard to geography.
From a budgetary standpoint, the timing was right for this change given conversations this year around updates to our facilities, the fact that our existing website was nearly 10 years old, and knowing that many of our building signs were already in need of replacement. Since we had to make these improvements anyway, moving ahead with rebranding was an easier decision. Our new name and brand is now being phased in through July and we appreciate your patience as we use up supplies bearing the AEA 267 name. We are striving for an official changeover to Central Rivers AEA on July 1.
As part of our rebranding, we will also be rolling out a new website in early June. Our goal was to make the site cleaner, easier to navigate and built around the information and services you need access to most frequently. We welcome your feedback as you explore the new site and look forward to growing it around your specific needs.
Finally, around July 1, we will move our Cedar Falls headquarters to a new location at 1521 Technology Parkway (the former Pipac Centre on the Lake). Our new Central Rivers AEA location will allow us to expand capacity for large-scale professional learning making possible events such as those that are part of our Inspirational Leadership Series. I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude to our Board of Directors for their foresight and courage in all of these decisions. We are grateful to work with a true group of innovators and visionaries.
So, welcome in advance to our new website, our new location (after July 1), and your new Central Rivers Area Education Agency!