Keokuk is the 2019-20 IISC partner. 

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Child Neglect in Keokuk - Systems Mapping and Advocacy through a Legal Lens

College of Law students in the Community Empowerment Law Project worked with Keokuk officials to map the existing system for addressing child neglect in the community, and to create a local advocacy strategy to increase system transparency.

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Engage and Promote Keokuk

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created a strategic communication plan for increasing community pride and volunteerism in Keokuk.

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Keokuk - Lead and Copper Utility Mapping

As part of the ICIGO student organization within the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, students created maps of lead and copper utility lines in Keokuk. 

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Keokuk - Lee County's Chatfield Park Campground Upgrades

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided designs and cost estimates for improvements in Lee County's Chatfield Park Campground. 

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Keokuk - Schools Lead Testing and Remediation

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), through its Grants to Schools Program, partnered with the Keokuk Community School District to test for lead in school drinking water and provide assistance for the minimal remediation determined to be necessary. 

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Keokuk - Southeast Iowa Development Center Marketing Recommendations

Students from the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed marketing strategies for the Southeast Iowa Development Center, a new high-tech facility in Keokuk designed to serve as a business incubator for emerging companies. 

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Keokuk Branding & Style Guide

Students in the School of Art & Art History Graphic Design course developed a new branding and style guide for Keokuk.


Keokuk Downtown Historic Building Restoration Engineering & Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for refurbishing three commercial structures in downtown Keokuk. 

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Keokuk Downtown Redevelopment Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning created a redevelopment plan for downtown Keokuk, Iowa.


Keokuk Downtown/Riverfront Connection Engineering & Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students create designs for redevelopment of the bluff and open space between downtown Keokuk and the Mississippi River, so that the downtown district is better connected with the riverfront. 

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Keokuk Film Profiles

Students in Nonfiction Film created short film profiles of Keokuk residents, with the goal of telling stories of individuals who are working to make a difference in their community and are contributing to its vitality and growth.

Students in the Department of Cinematic Arts worked with Keokuk residents who have contributed to the growth of their community with the work they do.  The film profiles help portray Keokuk from a variety of unique perspectives.

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Keokuk Fitness Trail - Trail Engineering and Design

Civil & Engineering and Sport & Recreation Management students provided design alternatives, cost estimates, and fitness recommendations for a proposed fitness trail connecting several community facilities and amenities in Keokuk.

The community of Keokuk seeks to develop more outdoor recreational opportunities for use of people of all ages, which they consider integral in recruiting and retaining residents. They hope to add new trails and route development, however the cost and access to land can be prohibited.

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Keokuk Housing & Homelessness Policy Briefings

Students in the Department of Rhetoric class Public Policy and Persuasion developed policy briefings for Keokuk community partners, with the broad goal of helping to ensure safe, sanitary, and secure housing options for Keokuk residents. 

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Keokuk Housing Insecurity Study

Graduate students in the School of Social Work conducted a study to better understand the pervasiveness, causes, and consequences of housing insecurity in Keokuk. 

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Keokuk Library Foundation - Grant Search to support Library Park

Students in the course Non-Profit Organizational Effectiveness worked with representatives of the Keokuk Library Foundation to find external grants that could meet the organization's funding priorities.

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Keokuk Main Street / State Highway Study

As part of the Planning Sustainable Transportation Course at the University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning, students examined possible design alternatives for Main Street (US Route 218) in downtown Keokuk.

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Keokuk Marina, Boat Ramps & Parking Lot Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students designed a new marina with boat ramps and a parking lot in the city of Keokuk, whoch would provide an additional access point for residents and vistors to enjoy water recreation on the Mississippi River.

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Keokuk Pathways and Green Streets Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning created a plan outlining potential opportunities for conversion of low-traffic residential streets to non-vehicular greenways, in addition to developing bicycle and pedestrian routes, for the city of Keokuk, Iowa.

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Keokuk Public Library Bickel Collection Access

Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science partnered with Keokuk Public Library staff to build a database to extend access to the Bickel Collection housed at the library.

Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum Mural

Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum Mural

Grant Wood Public Art resident Ali Hval worked closely with the Keokuk-Hamilton Dam Museum leadership to identify themes and imagery included in a mural on the side of their new home, 428 Main Street, Keokuk, including the design and installation of an awning and a mural design for the side of the building to be installed in the future.

Keokuk, Iowa is located on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and is well known for Lock and Dam No. 19, which listed in the National Register of Historic Places.