Civic Engagement

URP Open House

Updating the 2006 Mason City Comprehensive Plan

Published
Monday, September 26, 2022
Academic year
2016-2017
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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 and a topical focus on aging in place.

High school students in a gymnasium at a celebration

Clinton Youth Civic Engagement

Published
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Academic year
2022-2023
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Students in a course in the School of Planning and Public Affairs examined ways to reignite Clinton's Mayor's Youth Commission. They made recommendations about this entity, as well as other ways to better engage teens in the civic fabric of the community.

AARP

AARP Age-Friendly Communities Program Toolkit

Published
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
Partner

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:

Sabula logo design

Sabula Marketing and Branding

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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Marketing teams in the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed multiple options for new branding, including logos and taglines, for the City of Sabula.

Preston logo design

Preston Marketing and Branding

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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Marketing teams in the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed multiple options for new branding, including logos and taglines, for the City of Preston.

Marketing students visit Jackson County

Bellevue Marketing and Branding

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
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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. 

Photo- Maquoketa Youth Engagement

Maquoketa Youth Engagement Policy Study

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
Partner

Students enrolled in the School of Planning and Public Affairs Public Policy and Persuasion course worked with key stakeholders in Maquoketa to develop a set of proposed policy initiatives to enhance youth civic engagement opportunities and involvement in the community.  

Young people under the age of 21 make up 28.3% of Maquoketa’s population. Opportunities for youth civic participation in Maquoketa are limited, and community leaders are looking to find new, more effective ways to engage with the young population.  

Photo- Maquoketa Welcoming Newcomers

Maquoketa Welcoming Newcomers Policy Study

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
Partner

Students enrolled in the School of Planning and Public Affairs Public Policy and Persuasion course worked with Maquoketa leaders to develop a set of proposed policy initiatives for welcoming newcomers to the Maquoketa community.  

Photo- Maquoketa Civic Volunteerism

Maquoketa Volunteerism Policy Study

Published
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Academic year
2021-2022
Partner

Students enrolled in the School of Planning and Public Affairs Public Policy and Persuasion course worked with Maquoketa leaders to develop a set of proposed policy solutions for increasing civic volunteerism across all demographics in Maquoketa.  

Waterloo Neighborhoods

Waterloo Neighborhood Maps

Published
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Academic year
2020-2021
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Students in the ICIGO student organization within the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences created visually-appealing and dynamic maps to show organizational and jurisdictional subsections of Waterloo.

The team used GIS applications to create a user-friendly online map that allows residents to easily access boundary information of distinct parts of the city, including all 31 neighborhood associations, wards and precincts, census tracts, and more.

WPL GIS map

Waterloo Public Library Account Holder Map and Database

Published
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Academic year
2020-2021
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The Waterloo Public Library sought to understand how account holders were spread across Waterloo in order to identify areas that may need to be better served.  Addresses of existing account holders were mapped with GIS, which provided several opportunities for further analysis, including account holders outside of city boundaries, households not using WPL services, and more.

WPL

Waterloo Public Library Marketing Campaign to Promote Business Services

Published
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Academic year
2020-2021
Partner

Juniors in the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute developed a marketing strategy to help the Waterloo Public Library increase outreach to the business community in Waterloo. 

As part of its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the Waterloo Public Library wanted to increase its outreach to the business community, especially start-ups and small businesses. Library staff sought assistance from marketing students to help local businesses view the library as more than a place to checkout books, but rather as an extension of their organizations.