Mason City (2016-2018)

County 
Cerro Gordo

Located in northern Iowa in Cerro Gordo County, Mason City is known for its diverse economic composition and its rich arts and culture background, especially for music and architecture. With a population of over 28,000 people, Mason City serves as economic and retail hub for the area, drawing individuals from northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. As Mason City, like other Midwestern towns, have made transitions as the economy has shifted, the city has invested in initiatives that has set it up for growth and new development. Mason City's partnership with the IISC will allow them to explore sustainable projects and processes and incorporate them into building for the future.

Mason City (2016-2018) Projects

2017-2018

Public Health Class

"Aging in Place" Public Health Campaign

Graduate students in the College of Public Health developed campaigns for the Mason City community that address issues related to the increasing proportion of older residents in the community. The public health campaigns were tailored to help Mason...
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Affordable Housing Toolkit / Pro Forma Analyses

Graduate Students in the School of Urban & Regional Planning will develop an affordable housing toolkit for the City of Mason City, as well as pro forma analyses for a development project using various affordable housing finance models.

Branding Mason City's North End Business District

Juniors in the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute will develop brand alternatives for Mason City’s North End Commercial District, with a goal of uniting the area’s current and future small business owners under a common effort to attract...
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Main Street Mason City Strategic Communications Campaign

Journalism & Mass Communication students will develop a strategic communications campaign for Main Street Mason City, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization with a mission to “enhance, promote and preserve downtown Mason City as a diverse business...
Mural being painted in downtown Mason City, Iowa by University of Iowa art student

Mason City "Building Our Brand" Downtown Murals

MFA student Ali Hval will design murals with "prairie style" themes for two downtown Mason City locations as part of the community's "Building Our Brand" campaign. Ali will also paint the mural designed for the Brick Furniture building.
Students in the library sciences and information systems program at The University of Iowa

Mason City Architectural Inventory Online Platform

Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science built a framework and online platform for archiving data related to Mason City architecture. The map and database created by the students can be accessed by clicking the link below...
Urban and Regional Planning students meet with Mason City's Development Services Director, Steven Van Steenhyuse

Mason City North End Neighborhood Plan (URP)

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning will develop a plan for Mason City's North End Neighborhood. Building upon last year’s efforts to update the Mason...

2016-2017

Bridge and Bikeway: Engineering & Design

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created a design of a bike trail extension and a multimodal bridge for the City of Mason City, IA. Building on the rapid and successful Phase 1...

Firehouse Restoration

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided a structural evaluation, feasibility study, and restoration alternative plans with cost estimates for a historic fire station in Mason City...
Students sharing initial presentation with Mason City community partners

Flooding Risk Assessment using HAZUS modeling

Students in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences course GIS for Environmental Studies course conducted a flooding risk assessment for the Cerro Gordo County Emergency Management Agency using HAZUS modeling software. University...

Mason City Civic Engagement Campaign

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created a strategic marketing and communications campaign to encourage civic engagement among Mason City residents and to recruit volunteers to serve on local government boards. Public...

Mason City Community Mobile App

Students in the School of Art & Art History Graphic Design course designed a community-based mobile app for the City of Mason City. With the smart phones and tablets, the City of Mason City aims to provide a community portal to attractions,...

Mason City Community Plan for Sustainability

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning developed a sustainability plan for the City of Mason City. Mason City’s interest in producing a sustainability...

Mason City Farmers Market Study and Marketing

In a report to the City of Mason City and North Iowa Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institute: Business Consulting class provided recommendations for a permanent location for a community farmers market...

Mason City Public Transit Ridership Campaign

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication developed a strategic marketing and communications campaign to attract new riders for the Mason City’s public transit system, using creative outreach materials and various...

Mason City Transit Study and Marketing

In a report to the City of Mason City, students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institute: Business Consulting class conducted market research and provided recommendations to attract new riders for the City’s public transit system. By appealing to...
Geography student shares her work to Mason city residents

North Iowa Farmers Market Site Evaluation

In a report to the City of Mason City and North Iowa Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, a student in the Geographical & Sustainability Studies: Senior Project Seminar class completed an independent project that evaluated two Mason City farmers...

Updating the 2006 Mason City Comprehensive Plan

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...