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Our Mission

     The primary mission of the Coggon Area Betterment Association (CABA) is to provide the local area with public spaces that offer cohesion, vitality and prosperity. 


     We are committed to responding to the community’s needs with fiscal responsibility and a social conscience.


     Those with an interest in supporting our mission are invited to open meetings at the Coggon Center that are scheduled on the last Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 pm.


CABA membership and activities are and will continue to be open to the public.


Our History


Coggon Area Betterment Association (CABA) began as the masters thesis of Coggon resident and graduate student in architecture, Michael LeClere.  In 2010, Michael presented his project to the community, revealing to them his vision of a vibrant Coggon.  As a result, a group of citizens continued to meet and discuss ways in which Michael's vision could become reality. 

Within a year, the Coggon Area Betterment Association was formed and grew from a handful of members into dozens of volunteers who support ideas and activities that promote community cohesion and spirit.   In October of 2014, CABA was recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In 2018, the Coggon Center was identified as Coggon's first public building to be listed on the Register of Historic Places.

Our Staff

CABA is an organization supported entirely by volunteers.  Anyone with an interest in supporting CABA's mission and encouraging individuals to become engaged citizens of the community is welcome to volunteer with our organization.  Contact us with your interest!


Our Facility


The Coggon Center is a co-working space managed by Coggon Area Betterment Association.  Located at 408 E Linn St, Coggon, IA, the spacious converted school building provides street-level access and ample parking.  Abundant windows and skylights offer natural light and an inviting space.  Exposed brick walls and built-in storage provide character and charm. 


Our Community


Coggon, est. in 1857, is located in northeastern Linn County along the banks of the Buffalo Creek. Coggon's population is 650 and the city slogan is "The One and Only," due to the fact that there is not another Coggon in the whole world!

Some local attractions include the Buffalo Creek Park, Clemons House, Coggon Opera House and the Coggon Center.

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