Nadia Voigt da Mata developed the “Keokuk Pathways and Green Streets Plan” as a student at the University of Iowa

Nadia Voigt da Mata is an Architect and an Urban Planner currently in Angola. She is a Fulbright Alumni who in 2020 graduated with a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Iowa. During graduate school, Nadia concentrated her course studies in transportation planning, which led her to be involved with Keokuk’s city and the “Keokuk Pathways and Green Streets Plan”. Nadia is currently invested in pursuing a doctoral degree, for which she secured a Merit Scholarship from the Angolan Government in September 2021. She hopes to continue learning and conducting research in sustainable transportation planning, and in the future work with communities such as Keokuk. […]

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Shelley Oltmans facilitated over 20 projects tied to economic and community development

Shelley Oltmans is an Industry Specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in the department of Community and Economic Development. In this position she also serves as the Executive Director of the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a proud alumna of Iowa State University, where she received a Master in Community and Regional Planning and Master of Science in Sustainable Agriculture. In her Industry Specialist position, she teaches community leadership and facilitates local and regional planning efforts with nonprofits and local governments. Her strengths are partnering with government entities and nonprofits to collaborate in providing educational and economic development opportunities. As the director of the Chamber of Commerce she is highly involved in catalyzing reinvestment in housing and the built environment. […]

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Dr. Jerry Anthony strongly advocates for community engagement, and loves participating in IISC’s efforts

Dr. Jerry Anthony is an architect and urban planner. He is an accomplished scholar. His article, “The effect of Florida’s Growth Management Act on Housing Affordability,” was named one of most outstanding articles published in the Journal of the American Planning Association in 20 years. He was named a HUD Urban Scholar in 2001. Dr. Anthony is an outstanding teacher. He has received the “Excellence in Planning Education” award from the Iowa chapter of the American Planning Association—one of only two educators in Iowa to be ever given this award. In 2003, Dr. Anthony co-founded a non-profit entity, Housing Trust Fund of Johnson County, to provide a new source of funding for affordable housing development in Johnson County, Iowa. In 2019, Dr. Anthony was awarded the University of Iowa’s prestigious Michael J. Brody award for Excellence in Service. In 2020, Dr. Anthony was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. […]

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Project Spotlight: Over 100 University of Iowa Project Examples Now Available in EPIC-N Project Library

Project Spotlight: Over 100 University of Iowa Project Examples Now Available in EPIC-N Project Library

By: Max Prestigiacomo The ​​Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) was launched in 2009 in the School of Urban & Regional Planning by Dr. Chuck Connerly, since then, IISC has expanded and now works with over 20 Community Partners, putting the EPIC Model into practice. Since its founding, this EPIC Model program has made a […]

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Program Spotlight: Texas A&M and UW-Madison Featured on the GovLove Podcast

Program Spotlight: Texas A&M and UW-Madison Featured on the GovLove Podcast

By: Ada Inman EPIC-Network Program Spotlight: The GovLove podcast, hosted by ELGL, featured representatives from Texas A&M and UW-Madison in separate podcast episodes this past month. In the GovLove episode highlighting UW-Madison, two guests joined the podcast to talk about the UniverCity Year partnership between the Village of Waunakee, WI, the Ho-Chunk Nation, and students […]

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Program Spotlight: The Sustainable Cities Program at Indiana State University launches program, records 12 projects, and manages staff turnover

Program Spotlight: The Sustainable Cities Program at Indiana State University launches program, records 12 projects, and manages staff turnover

By: Marshall Curry and Ada Inman EPIC-Network Program Spotlight: Two years ago, leaders at Indiana State University met with EPIC-N staff and board member Jane Rogan of the University of Indiana, Bloomington after learning about EPIC-N Programs in a workshop. In these meetings, Indiana State University leaders devised a plan to go from piloting the […]

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2021 EPIC-Network Conference a Great Success

The 2021 EPIC-Network Conference was held virtually October 5-7. The conference featured nine individual sessions highlighting EPIC-N programs, partners, and friends of the Network. The virtual, interactive event focused on updating the membership on the growth and proliferation of the EPIC Network, the trending topics affecting EPIC programs, and the resources available to tackle them. The conference proved to be a great success with individuals from 11 countries and 86 different institutions in attendance.  […]

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Partnership and Project Spotlight: Indiana State University launches its inaugural partnership with the City of Sullivan using the EPIC Model

By: Marshall Curry, Ada Inman, and Max Prestigiacomo The Sustainable Cities Program at Indiana State University launched in 2020 with its inaugural partner city, the City of Sullivan. Local news stories announced the partnership to help market listening sessions hosted by the City to encourage “community members to provide input on sustainable projects within the […]

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UW-Madison’s UniverCity Alliance and AGU’s Thriving Earth Exchange partner to launch a cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin

EPIC-N brings international partner to support Community Science projects. By Ada Inman Following the public announcement of their partnership, EPIC-N and the American Geophysical Union’s Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) engaged one the EPIC Model programs, the University of Wisconsin’s UniverCity Alliance (UCA) to launch a pilot cohort of community science projects in Wisconsin. UCA, TEX, and […]

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Environmental Justice Video Challenge for Students

Do you or your students have creative ideas on how to use data and tools to identify environmental justice issues in communities? Join the EJ Video Challenge for Students! EPA and its co-sponsors, which include EPIC-N, have launched the Environmental Justice (EJ) Video Challenge for Students to enhance communities’ capacity to address environmental inequities. Learn more about the challenge […]

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