The University of Iowa

City of Manning

Manning, Iowa's Schmidt building project
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Manning, Iowa is a rural community in western Iowa with a population of about 1,500 people. Progressive leaders in Manning look for opportunities to support economic development and quality-of-life initiatives. In the 2018-2019 academic year, those leaders worked closely with four different University of Iowa classes, collaborating on projects that brought high-quality work to their community while providing students with real-world opportunities to apply their skills.

"I want you to know the evaluation your team completed on the Schmidt building provided a concrete expert vision for a building that had been stuck in limbo for 11 years. Please do not underestimate the value of that service. Because of the work your team has done, Manning is going to move forward with the repair and renovation of the Schmidt building. While a timeline has not been laid out for the renovation. Your team's work brought this lingering building back to life.  I will be forever grateful for the time and effort U of I brings to Manning," said Mark Joseph, executive director of Main Street Manning. 

Students and faculty appreciate the opportunity to give back to communities in Iowa by tackling meaningful projects.

"The chance for students to work with a live client, instead of just reading a textbook, makes an enormous difference. Taking a student group to Manning brought the whole project to life for me and the students. We immediately became peer investigators, rather than teacher and students," said Frank Durham, University of Iowa associate professor of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Manning leaders plan to continue collaborating with the University of Iowa on projects that bring professional-grade resources to the community for very little cost.

"It is especially gratifying to see students from large cities learn and begin to understand the benefits of small town living!” said Ron Reischl, chair of Main Street Manning’s Business Improvement Committee.

City of Manning Projects