Poster: Resilience and Revival in River City

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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.  


Jordan Brown , Iowa City , IA (see bio)
Rachel Serslev , Port Angeles , WA (see bio)
Akanksha Tiwari , Iowa City , IA (see bio)
Priyanka Rayamajhi , Eden Prairie , MN (see bio)