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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 26, 2014

Unveiling of projects set for Wednesday

University of Iowa students have been working for over a year on projects
By David Hotle | May 09, 2014

After working for over a year with the city, the Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Public Library, a group of University of Iowa undergraduates plan to unveil the fruits of their labor during a special presentation at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the library.
During the last year, the Iowa Institute of Sustainable Communities (IISC) partnered with Washington, as well as Cedar Rapids and Muscatine, to develop projects in the community. Program coordinator Nick Benson said that IISC identifies needs of partnering communities and matches them with university resources. He also said it gives university students the opportunity to work in real-world settings and gain experience.
“We aid in projects emphasizing economic development, art, culture, health and community vitality,” Benson said.
People wishing to attend are asked to RSVP to Benson by e-mailing <Nicholas-Benson@uiowa.edu.>
When the program began last year, Benson said the school of library science would work with the Washington Public Library on several projects, including reclassification of the library’s book system and would start a program for Washington students interested in a career in the arts. The school of engineering was going to do research for the city for the design of the proposed Wellness Park and the feasibility study, as well as develop a watershed for the park. The school of business was planning to help the Chamber determine a new marketing campaign.
Benson said that IISC had worked with Dubuque for two years and had done 10 projects. Redlinger spoke with the program directors about how Washington could work with the program.
While the program was founded in 2009, the projects in Dubuque changed the manner in which the program functioned. Most recently, the program expanded to include all departments on campus.
“Community development is multi-disciplined,” Benson said.

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