Planning & Public Affairs

The School of Planning and Public Affairs is committed to admitting a diverse student body and supporting a learning environment in which many values and perspectives contribute to the richness of the educational experience, to the fields of planning, public policy, and public administration, and to the communities in which we we live and work.

 

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Bondurant Community and Economic Development Policy Briefs

Published
Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

Students in the course Policy and Persuasion worked with City of Bondurant representatives to develop policy directions for issues related to the city's rapid growth and their desire to preserve the community's core "small town" identity.    

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ECR Transportation Gap Study

Published
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

Faculty researchers and University of Iowa students collaborated with an Eastern Iowa regional provider, ECR, on a study to close transportation gaps for individuals with brain health/mental health needs and disabilities.

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Dubuque - Green Alleyways Assessment

Published
Monday, September 18, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

The City of Dubuque seeks to establish performance measures/metrics for their Green Alleys Reconstruction program.

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Dubuque - Affordable Housing Action Plan

Published
Monday, September 18, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

Dubuque has been working to improve access to affordable housing and is poised for the next step in its process. In recent years, it has had several different kinds of housingassessments completed. It has incentivized homeowner rehabilitation and has passed incentives for developers to create nearly 800 new units. It’s also created more infill by removing dilapidated buildings. Despite considerable action in this area, Dubuque faces challenges.

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Dubuque - Public Libraries and Neurodivergent Patrons

Published
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
Academic year
2023-2024
Partner

Libraries are the pride of many communities in the United States, offering free access to many materials, programming, access to internet and other technologies, and serving as a meeting place. They are also safe spaces for neurodivergent individuals who rely on them as a place for daytime shelter, information, and other resources.

Sustainable Stormwater Systems

Sustainable Stormwater Systems

Published
Friday, May 12, 2023
Academic year
2022-2023

Urban & Regional Planning student Mae McDonough completed a StoryMap about Sustainable Stormwater Systems as part of a graduate independent study project. 

This online resource explains the importance of stormwater management, common terminology, management tools, case study research, and funding and technical resources. 

You can access the StoryMap here.

 

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City of Clinton Employee Survey

Published
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Academic year
2022-2023
Partner

Students and faculty in the School of Planning and Public Affairs conducted a survey of employee satisfaction, needs, and opportunities among City of Clinton employees. 

In the spring of 2023, the City of Clinton requested assistance from the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) to conduct a survey of the City’s workforce. The survey aimed to provide employees with an opportunity to express their opinions, concerns, and ideas about their work environment, department/organizational culture, and overall job satisfaction.

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Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Clinton

Published
Friday, December 30, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
Partner

As part of their capstone project, graduate students in Planning and Public Affairs analyzed the current opioid crisis in the greater Clinton area and made policy recommendations to address the issue. 

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Updating the 2006 Mason City Comprehensive Plan

Published
Monday, September 26, 2022
Academic year
2016-2017
Partner

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning will update Mason City’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan, with a thematic view towards environmental and social resiliency and a topical focus on aging in place.

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Clinton - Youth Substance Abuse Prevention

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
Partner

For their capstone project, graduate students in Public Affairs worked with city officials to identify strategies to address drug misuse trends among youth in Clinton, Iowa.

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Clinton - Greening Downtown through Cycling

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
Partner

Students in a course in the School of Planning and Public Affairs developed recommendations to "green" downtown Clinton by improving opportunities for cycling.

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Clinton - Activating Downtown Alleyways

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
Partner

Students in a course in the School of Planning and Public Affairs developed recommendations for revitalizing Clinton's alleyways with improved pavers, public art, and other modifications.

Downtown alleyways often serve important functions, such as waste management or service entrances for businesses. However, communities are increasingly recognizing alleyways as opportunities to create unique public spaces while also improving water runoff.