On this page, you'll find descriptions of individual projects and overviews of the communities with which we've partnered.

Use the filter to search for kinds of projects, e.g., public art or engineering, or to locate a specific community.

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"Building Our Brand" Downtown Murals - Brick Furniture Design & Installation

MFA student Ali Hval designed murals with "prairie style" themes for two downtown Mason City locations as part of the community's "Building Our Brand" campaign.   Ali also painted the mural designed for the Brick Furniture building.

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"Building Our Brand" Downtown Murals - City Center Building Design Proposal

MFA student Ali Hval designed murals with "prairie style" themes for two downtown Mason City locations as part of the community's "Building Our Brand" campaign.  

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AARP

AARP Age-Friendly Communities Program Toolkit

Graduate students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs will work in consultation with the City of Manning, the City of Stanton, the City of Cedar Rapids, and Iowa AARP to help Iowa communities reach "age-friendly" status. 

For a community to reach "age-friendly" status, they must demonstrate progress towards making communities livable, quality places for all ages. More information about the "age-friendly" program can be found here:

As part of the project students will:

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Activating Downtown Alleyways

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.  Alleyways offer pathways to pedestrians, increasing connectivity and walkability along interesting and quieter routes.   Improving alleyways can mean stormwater management to reduce flash flooding, greenery and plantings that offer environmental and aesthetic benefits, new commercial and entrepreneurial opportunities, and spaces for arts and culture.

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Active Transportation Plan - Blue Zones Project™

Graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning conducted a project that aided Sioux City in fulfilling its recently-designated Blue Zones ProjectTM requirement of developing an active transportation plan.

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Advancing Economic Inclusion and Black Entrepreneurship in Iowa City

Courses from two University of Iowa departments - the Department of Theatre Arts and The School of Planning & Public Affairs - merged to explore the role of arts & culture in community and economic development, with a focus on economic inclusion and Black advancement in Iowa City.  

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Allying and Practicing Social Justice

Allying and Practicing Social Justice

Students from the college of Social Work conducted a project that was focused on several programs within the Sioux City area that were seeking to improve their services for and communications with members of the population that are from traditionally disadvantaged and oppressed groups.

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Animal Shelter Public Relations & Fundraising Campaign

Students in a Fundraising and Philanthropy Communications class organized ideas for a non-profit animal shelter's fundraising campaign. Using research on the latest trends in fundraising and philanthropy, students evaluated the shelter's past special events, marketing campaigns, and donor interests. They applied concepts and trends to organize new events, update marketing pieces, and developed a donor campaign with creative ideas and key messages to better position the shelter to receive support.

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Attracting and Retaining a Quality Workforce in Cedar Rapids

Student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning conducted a project that evaluated the workforce of Cedar Rapids and determined the gap between supply and demand for quality workers. Students sought to understand the reasons for both attracting and retaining new workers.

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Attracting Young Families to Jackson County

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning developed strategies and recommendations to position and market Jackson County as a top choice in the region for young families making residential location decisions. 

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Bellevue Downtown Parking Study

Through an independent study project, second-year Urban & Regional Planning student Zach Harland worked with the Jackson county Economic Alliance and the City of Bellevue to assess downtown parking and make recommendations for improvements.

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Bellevue Flood Mitagation and Stormwater Management

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for flood impact mitigation measures in Bellevue, Iowa, including culvert improvements, drainage channels, and residentail flood walls.

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Bellevue Marketing and Branding

Marketing teams in the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed multiple options for new branding, including logos and taglines, for the City of Bellevue. 

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Bellevue Residential Site Development

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for development of a new residential neighborhood in Bellevue, as well as a stormwater management plan for the site. 

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Bicycle Safety and Use Campaigns

Students in the Public Health Program completed two projects, both of which focused on increasing awareness and use of safe road-sharing behaviors and bicycling transportation in Iowa City. The first project was focused on the creation of a communications campaign about how sharrows are understood and function as a means for bicyclers and motorists to share the road. The second concerned planning and campaigning for a temporary bike lane that was installed in Iowa City in May 2016.

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Bike and Pedestrian Marketing Plan

Students in the Journalism and Mass Communications department addressed the need for public education about safe road-sharing and the benefits of active transportation by creating a strategic marketing plan focused on these topics. In addition to creating the marketing plan, students produced materials such as fliers and social media content that SIMPCO, Siouxland District Health Department and the City of Sioux City can use to spread this message to the public.

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Blufflands Protection

Students in the Geographical and Sustainability Sciences program develop a methodology for mapping blufflands using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.

Boone County

Boone County Amphitheater Engineering & Design

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided design alternatives for a "natural" amphitheater in Boone County's Don Williams Park, featuring materials native to Iowa, a functional stage and structure, trail connections, evaluation of flood events, and related cost estimates.

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Boone County Disc Golf Course Recommendations

As part of his graduate capstone project, Sport and Recreation Management student, Parker Hesse, provided recommendations for the design of a new disc golf course at Don Williams Park in Boone County. 

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Boone County Fish Barrier- Design and Engineering

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided an evaluation of the spillway at the Don Williams Recreation Area and design of a barrier to prevent the loss of game and pan fish, and the related cost estimates.

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