ECIA - IISC

Moving our rural communities toward a more sustainable future

Manchester Community Brownfield Workshop

Are you a professional working to increase your communities’ economic development and quality of life? Are you interested in learning more about Brownfield’s in your community? The East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) has partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR) and Kansas State Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) to provide an “All You Need To Know” informational session on Brownfields. ECIA received a $550,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to utilize in Jackson, Clinton, Dubuque, Delaware and Cedar county communities who have identified Brownfield projects. Topics ranging from “What is a Brownfield?”, “What resources are available to me and how do I leverage them?” and several success stories in small communities like yours will be covered. This is a free event and open to anyone that is interested in improving their communities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Grace Griffin at ggriffin@ecia.org.

Maquoketa Community Brownfield Workshop

Are you a citizen of your community who would like to increase your communities’ economic development and quality of life? Are you interested in learning more about Brownfield’s in your community? The East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) has partnered with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IADNR) and Kansas State Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) to provide an “All You Need To Know” informational session on Brownfields. ECIA received a $550,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to utilize in Jackson, Clinton, Dubuque, Delaware and Cedar county communities who have identified Brownfield projects. Topics ranging from “What is a Brownfield?”, “What resources are available to me and how do I leverage them?” and several success stories in small communities like yours will be covered. This is a free event and open to anyone that is interested in improving their communities. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions please contact Grace Griffin at ggriffin@ecia.org.

County-wide Brownfield Inventory Training

The University of Iowa’s Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Community’s (IISC) graduate students participating in the EPA Brownfield grant project will be conducting a county-wide training on Brownfield’s. In this one hour session they will introduce you to the software they have created, help you input information about brownfield sites you have selected, and get your feedback about how the process works for you/what seems confusing/what would be helpful to help navigate the system. If you would like more information contact Grace Griffin at ggriffin@ecia.org.

 

Feb. 10th in Maquoketa at 201 East Pleasant Street

Feb. 17th in Clinton

Feb. 24th in Preston

IISC Student Presentation

IISC students from the University of Iowa Urban and Regional Planning graduate program traveled to ECIA and presented their research and goals for the Prosperity Eastern Iowa (PEI) project. The student team of four are all members of PEI’s board. Some of the students next steps include surveys, interviews, and focus groups from participating Petal Project businesses/organizations and other stakeholders and comparative analyses of successful sustainability and ‘green’ programs; literature reviews for impact of sustainable business leadership on workforce, consumers, and environment. The students also stayed for the strategic planning meeting, done once every five years attended by representatives from all areas of the Petal Project, to gain understanding of PEI’s future direction.

For more information on the student’s project, check out this brochure or contact Emily Seiple at emily-seiple@uiowa.edu or call Marti Wolf at (314) 973-0952.

2016 Projects have been Announced!

The first set of projects for the ECIA-IISC Partnership has been selected. Click here to learn more about our Fall 2016 projects!

Partnership to Begin August 2016

ECIA and the IISC program are currently working to match potential projects with faculty sponsors. Projects selected for the fall 2016 semester will be announced here in late July. So stay tuned!