The University of Iowa

Economic Development

Economic Development
Nisse Public Art Project

Interactive Art on Trout Run Trail

MFA students in the School of Art and Art History created 10 small statues of nisse, gnome-like figures from Scandinavian folklore, for the 2015 Nordic Fest Celebration. Following the success of the "Gnomes on the Trail" event during the 2013 Nordic...

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...

Frac Sand Mining Industry Legal Analysis

Students in the College of Law conducted statutory and case law research to contribute to the development of the potential regulations being considered by Winneshiek County. In response to the potential entry of the frac sand mining industry into...

Economic Impact Study of Frac Sand Mining Industry

Winneshiek County sought to understand the possible economic impacts that the frac sand mining industry could have if it became established in the county. For this project, graduate students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning performed a...

Neighborhood Housing Study

Students from the Urban and Regional Planning Department completed a housing plan for Sioux City, IA with the main goal of coordinating reinvestment in distressed areas. Changing development patterns and housing preferences over time have resulted...

Leeds/Floyd Boulevard Corridor Study

This project focused on the Leeds Neighborhood, located in northeast Sioux City. The commercial corridor within this neighborhood serves as the northeast entryway into Sioux City. The corridor contains a mixture of small retail stores, restaurants,...
Sioux City

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. Sioux City was a recently-...

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...

SSMID Planning, Creation, and Implementation

Students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning conducted research on best practices for creation of a SSMID for Cedar Rapids, IA. Students held public meetings and worked with CV/NB Main Street staff to acquire the necessary support to pass a...

North East Corridor Project

Students analyzed a land use plan against development in the northeast section of the city, and, where appropriate, enhanced the concepts contained in the plan. The City of Muscatine has, in the past, encouraged commercial development in the...