Civic Engagement

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Updating the 2006 Mason City Comprehensive Plan

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.

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Reigniting the Mayor’s Youth Commission in Clinton

After a hiatus, the City of Clinton has restarted the Mayor's Youth Commission.  The Mayor’s Youth Commission was established to be composed of students between the grades of 7th grade and the 1st year of college who reside within the city limits of Clinton.  The commission is be an advisory body to the City Council making recommendations to the City Council on matters that are of interest to the youth of the community.  Students in the course Public Policy and Persuasion will assist in the organization and relaunching of the program, with a focus on exploring best practices from similar co

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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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Sabula logo design

Sabula 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 Sabula.

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Preston logo design

Preston 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 Preston.

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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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Maquoketa Youth Engagement Policy Study

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.  

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Maquoketa Welcoming Newcomers Policy Study

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.  

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Maquoketa Volunteerism Policy Study

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.  

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Waterloo Neighborhoods

Waterloo Neighborhood Maps

As part of the ICIGO student organization within the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences, students will create visually-appealing and dynamic maps to show organizational and jurisdictional subsections of Waterloo.

The geography students will use 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.

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Waterloo Public Library Account Holder Map and Database

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.

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Waterloo Public Library Marketing Campaign to Promote Business Services

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. 

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