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

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Iowa City Solar Study

Students in the School of Planning and Public Affairs course Environmental Policy researched technical and policy solutions to advance more solar energy generation in Iowa City, with a focus on resilience, economic benefits, and equitable access.  UI faculty members Scott Spak, Adam Skibbe, and Travis Kraus worked with local stakeholders to complete the study. 

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Iowa City- Envisioning Iowa City for Year 2228

As a part of the 8 Generational Plan: Envisioning Cities course taught in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, a group of 10 UI students will present their long-term visions for Iowa City as America’s Next Great Regenerative City. This collaborative innovation tournament is the culmination of a new course titled “Eight Generational Planning: Envisioning Cities for Year 2228.” The team of judges, led by Iowa City Mayor Throgmorton, includes local elected officials, planners, researchers, and architects. 

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Iowa City- Terry Trueblood Adaptation Plan

As part of the Environmental Policy and Management course, students from the School of Urban and Regional Planning assisted the City of Iowa City with an adaption plan for Terry Trueblood Park. 

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Iowa City: Study of Iowa City's Arts Ecosystem and Public Space One

Students in the Department of Communication Studies conducted interviews and analyzed data to better understand how Iowa City area residents perceive and consume local art, and to learn about awareness of the local arts non-profit Public Space One. 

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Jackson County Clean Energy Plan

Working in conjunction with the Jackson Clean Energy District (Jackson CED), graduate students in the School of Planning & Public Affairs developed a Clean Energy Plan for Jackson County, Iowa.  

Jackson CED exists to strengthen Jackson County communities in Jackson County by leading the transition away from fossil fuels toward local and inclusive clean energy.  Jackson CED has a three-pronged community building mission:

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Jackson County Historical Society Technical Solutions Evaluation

Graduate students in the School of Library & Information Science partnered with Jackson County Historical Society to perform a technical evaluation for building an online compendium of Jackson County, Iowa history. 

Jasper County, Iowa

Jasper County Red Bridge Relocation

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students provided the needed substructure, approaches, and cost estimates for relocation of the historic Red Bridge from one location in Jasper County to another. 

Jefferson County, Iowa

Jefferson County Public Health Campaigns for Mental Health

Graduate students in the course Health Communication Campaigns in the College of Public Health created campaigns around the topic of mental health for four distinct population segments in Fairfield and Jefferson County. 


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 household awareness of resources to help sustain, build, and strengthen the community; and engage the youth and adolescent populations.

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Keeping You Sewing Mural

Sean Tyler, a graduate student in the School of Art & Art History, collaborated with downtown Clinton officials and business owner Kim Rentz to design a mural that captures the character of both a downtown anchor business, Keeping You Sewing, and elements of Clinton's history and surroundings.  The "quilted" landscape, flowing away from the realistic sewing machine, showcase native Iowa flowers, the river connection, and Clinton's agricultural heritage. The mural was installed in August 2022.

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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.

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Keokuk County River Channel Mitigation

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering student designed a method to protect county roads and bridges from the migration of the Skunk River in Keokuk County. 


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.