The University of Iowa

Columbus Junction

County 
Louisa

The City of Columbus Junction is situated at the confluence of the Iowa and Cedar Rivers in Louisa County. The community has a deep history shaped by the railroad, farming, and industry. Columbus Junction has a diverse population, with a large Latino community. After the 2008 floods, which devastated local businesses, the City is interested increasing their sustainability efforts and community engagement of local residents.

Columbus Junction Projects

2019-2020

Columbus Junction Interview

Columbus Junction Community Storytelling Project, Part 2

Students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning course Community Development in the Upper Midwest interviewed several Chin Burmese residents of Columbus Junction to produce a short film about their sense of home in their new community...

2018-2019

Columbus Junction

Columbus Junction Community Storytelling Project, Part 1

Students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning course Community Development in the Upper Midwest worked with Latinx teens in Columbus Junction's Upward Bound program to produce videos and books that help tell the 150 year story of the...

2009-2010

Keep Columbus Beautiful Celebration

Students developed a series of events that aligned with Earth Day celebrations and involved residents. The final proposal outlined three goals and strategies: actively engage residents in community projects that incorporate sustainability; raise...