Poster: Resilience and Revival in River City
Resiliency will be a central theme that resonates throughout the Resilient Mason City Comprehensive Plan Update and will guide the formulation of economic, social, and environmental goals. Mason City, Iowa, has undergone a number of significant and gradual changes since the preparation of The Mason City Comprehensive Plan in 2006. Two years later, the great floods of 2008 in Iowa left many of the existing comprehensive plan goals unattainable or low in priority due to the immediate recovery and mitigation needs of post-flood Mason City. These floods occurred as a result of climate change, which has heavily affected river cities through extreme heat, heavy downpours, and flooding. Additionally, the current aging population of Mason City calls for a comprehensive planning process that addresses the ways in which land use, housing, transportation and institutional development can serve residents who wish to move through their life cycle in Mason City. Given the age of the current plan and the changing conditions of Mason City, an updated plan is essential to reflect the current realities of Mason City and the values of its residents. The incorporation of resiliency throughout the plan will give Mason City a blueprint for a prosperous future.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerJordan Brown graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the University of Iowa, where he currently works as a research and teaching assistant in the School of Urban and Regional Planning. Past planning experience includes an internship at the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission and the EcoHawk Sustainability group at the University of Iowa. His areas of interest are economic development and geographic information systems.
, Port Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerRachel Serslev is a graduate student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa, set to graduate with a masters degree in May of 2017. Prior to graduate school, she studied Environmental Planning and Economics at the University of Iowa. Past planning experiences include internships with the MPO of Johnson County, Iowa and the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her areas of interest are environmental and land use planning with particular focus on natural hazard and disaster planning, a field that she would like peruse in her future career.
, Iowa City
Confirmed SpeakerAkanksha is a second year graduate student in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Iowa. She graduated with a Bachelor in Architecture from India. She holds a second MS in Sustainable Performance in Building and Design from Oxford Brookes University, U.K. Her areas of interest are land-use and environmental planning with a focus on environmental policy and growth management. Her work history includes her professional architecture work experience in India. Currently, she is working as the Brownfields Project Coordinator at City of Coralville, IA and as Graduate Research Assistant at the Office of Sustainability, University of Iowa. She believes that planning places with rational planning principles and resiliency can respond to the community needs better.
, Eden Prairie
Invited SpeakerPriyanka studied her undergraduate degree in Architecture from Nepal and holds work experience in the field. Her concentration is Land use and Environmental Planning with an area of interest in disaster mitigation and planning as well as Geographic Information System. Past planning experience includes an internship at New York City, Department of Transportation and she is involved in Campus Planning and Space Management for the University of Iowa. email: email@example.com