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

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Main Street Mason City project team

Main Street Mason City Strategic Communications Campaign

Journalism & Mass Communication students developed 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, cultural and residential destination, for the benefit of the entire community.”

 

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Manchester - Maquoketa River Pedestrian Bridge

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for improvements to Manchester's Schram park, including a pedestrian bridge over the Maquoketa River, a parking lot, and a trail connection that links to the existing trail network.  

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Shelly Park

Manchester - Shelly Park Redevelopment

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs for improvements to Manchester's Shelly Park, a highly used amenity adjacent to the whitewater rafting course on the Maquoketa River.  

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Manchester Community Promotional Video

Recent Cinema Arts grad Philip Rabalais worked closely with Manchester city leaders and residents to create a dynamic promotional video for the community.  Enjoy the video below!

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Tree Inventory

Manchester Digital Tree Inventory Tool

As part of the ICIGO student organization within the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, students conducted an on-site tree study and created a GIS-based digital inventory tool for city-owned trees in Manchester, Iowa.

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Manchester Extraterritorial Zoning Study

College of Law students in the Community Empowerment Law Project assisted the City of Manchester with a study to understand extraterritorial zoning powers, the process of adoption, and recommendations for next steps.

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Manchester Fire Station Expansion

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created designs and provided cost estimates for an expansion to the Manchester Fire Department.

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Manchester Fish Hatchery Mural

MFA students will design and install a public art piece for the Manchester Fish Hatchery, driven by a process of public engagement so that the piece reflects the values, stories, and/or identity of the community.

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Manchester Public Art project

MFA students will design and install a public art piece for the Manchester community, driven by a process of public engagement so that the piece reflects the values, stories and/or identity of the community.

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Rerouting Alternatives

Manchester Road Closing and Rerouting

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students developed a plan to close a section of road to accommodate local airport clearances, and designed a new section of road to reroute traffic. 

Manchester Municipal Airport is located at 1561 Early Stagecoach Road.  Runway 18/36 runs perpendicular to Early Stagecoach Road, and as such, Runway 36 has a displaced threshold of 305’ due to clearance. Closing the portion of Early Stagecoach Road adjacent to the runway area would assist in reducing the displacement threshold.

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Manchester Site Development and Stormwater Management

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

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Manchester Strategic Growth Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Planning & Public Affairs created a Strategic Growth Plan for the City of Manchester.   

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Manchester Subdivision concept

Manchester Subdivision Site Plan & Engineering

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created a master plan for development of a 24-acre greenfield site in Manchester, Iowa..

Manchester Enterprises Incorporated (MEI) is a non-profit development group in the City of Manchester. They have acquired 24 acres of land near the intersection of Highway 20 and Bailey Drive. The City of Manchester is partnering with MEI to create a Master Development Plan for the property. The site lends itself for either a mixed-use development or single-family home development.

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Manchester Water Source Protection Engineering & Design

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created design alternatives for water source protection in areas within and surrounding Manchester, Iowa.

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Stormwater mitigation strategies

Manchester Waterway and Dry Run Remediation and Redevelopment

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students designed stormwater infrastructure to minize flooding impacts in Manchester, particularly for structures newly identified as being in the floodplain after recent redrawing of maps. 

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Manning, Iowa

Manning Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan

As part of his graduate capstone project, Sports & Recreation management student Thomas Harder collaborated with the Manning Parks and Recreation department on a strategic plan for their community recreation center and ballfields.

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Manning, Iowa

Manning's Schmidt Building Restoration Design & Engineering

As part of the Senior Design Capstone Course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students conducted a structural analysis of the Schmidt Building in downtown Manning.  Students also created design alternatives for the interior and facade of the building based on several options for future use of the building. 

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Manning- Strategic Communication for Targeting Prospective Residents

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created strategic communications plan for community leaders in Manning with the goal of attracting new residents to the area. 

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Mapping and Prediciting Potential Frac Sand Mine Locations

Researchers from the GEEMaP program, College of Engineering, and Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences collaborated to predict and map where frac sand mines may be most likely to occur in Winneshiek County if the industry enters the area.

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Maquoketa Art Experience Marketing

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created a strategic marketing plan to attract artists and art enthusiasts to the Maquoketa Art Experience, a non-profit organization with a physical community space in downtown Maquoketa.