University of Iowa

East Central Intergovernmental Association

East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) is the regional Council of Governments for the eastern Iowa five county region of Cedar, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, and Jackson counties. All 71 municipalities in the five county region are members. ECIA was formed to develop regional solutions for local governments facing similar problems. Since 1974, ECIA has provided services and programs ranging from community and economic development to housing assistance and transportation planning. As a regional entity, and in partnership with individual communities, ECIA has worked on a number of sustainability initiatives including community revitalization, greenspace development, local foods, and more. Working with the IISC will allow ECIA to continue to serve numerous Iowans, from rural to urban communities.

East Central Intergovernmental Association Projects

2017-2018

Attracting Young Families to Jackson County

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning developed strategies and recommendations to position and market Jackson County as a top choice in the region for young families making residential location decisions. Following...

Cedar County Vision Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning created a Vision Plan to support Cedar County's efforts to earn Great Places designation through the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Concurrent with the...

Cedar County Comprehensive Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning created a Comprehensive Plan for Cedar County. Cedar County has functioned without a current comprehensive plan many years. The initial and last Comprehensive Plan...
Ribbon cutting ceremony for new mural in Clinton, IA

Clinton Downtown Mural

MFA student Ali Hval designed and painted a mural in downtown Clinton, Iowa, assisted by fellow MFA student Marina Ross. Artist Ali Hval was selected by the Office of Outreach & Engagement to design and install a mural for an exterior wall located in downtown Clinton. She recruited fellow...

Clinton Economic Development Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the School of Urban & Regional Planning created an economic development plan for the City of Clinton and surrounding micropolitan area. The City of Clinton was settled as a lumber community and grew into a thriving...

Community Storytelling Project - Grant Wood Loop

Students from a variety of disciplines taking Community Development in the Upper Midwest produced videos that tell stories from the Grant Wood Loop, located in eastern Iowa, through their own experiences in the region and interviews with local residents. In Spring 2018, the University of Iowa...

Delmar Community Vision Plan

In a report to the Delmar Economic Development Group, a graduate student in the School of Urban & Regional Planning completed an independent project that provides recommendations and identifies resources that help achieve a community-driven vision for the City of Delmar. In the spring of 2017,...

DeWitt Referral Center Retail Management Recommendations

Through a graduate assistantship from the Tippie College of Business, an MBA student worked alongside IISC staff to develop recommendations for retail inventory management policies and procedures for the DeWitt Referral Center, a non-profit organization that serves a resource for local families...

Lake Delhi De-Centralized Wastewater Treatment Alternatives

Environmental Engineering students evaluated decentralized wastewater treatment alternatives for three sites in Lake Delhi, a popular recreational area in Eastern Iowa, demonstrating various designs and solutions that could be considered throughout the Lake Delhi community. In this report, design...

Maquoketa Pocket Neighborhood Design & Engineering

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created the design and management of a pocket neighborhood for a site near Maquoketa, Iowa for the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). The report outlines the recommended site designs as...

2016-2017

ECIA Communications Plan

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created a strategic communications plan for East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) that established internal standards for communicating to members and residents in their region. East Central Intergovernmental Association (...

Edgewood Historical Museum Project

In a report to The Edgewood Museum Corporation, students in Heidi Lung's "Museums in the Digital Age" class recommended appropriate methods to digitize historical artifacts for a new community museum and developed a comprehensive communications plan for the organization. The community of Edgewood...

Lost Nation Downtown Revitalization Study

Students in the Entrepreneurial Management Institute: Business Consulting class conducted research and made recommendations on best competitive practices to attract entrepreneurs and small entrepreneurial businesses to locate in downtown Lost Nation. Like many small rural communities, Lost Nation (...

Maquoketa Art Experience Marketing

Students from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication created a strategic marketing plan to attract artists and art enthusiasts to the Maquoketa Art Experience, a non-profit organization with a physical community space in downtown Maquoketa. Maquoketa Art Experience (MAE) is a non-profit...

Maquoketa Branding and Marketing

Students from the Tippie College of Business Marketing Institute created an integrated marketing communication plan that includes the new branding for the City of Maquoketa. Maquoketa (pop. 6,112) underwent a major transformation that stemmed from goals set during the Vision 2020 process in 2013-14...

Pocket Neighborhood Design & Management

As part of their Senior Design Capstone course, Civil & Environmental Engineering students created the design and management of a pocket neighborhood for the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). Pocket neighborhoods are small, planned, residential communities featuring community-...

Prosperity Eastern Iowa: Program Evaluation & Plan

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning provided an update to the program structure and plans for The Petal Project, one of Prosperity Eastern Iowa’s (PEI) flagship economic development programs. Students...

Regional Brownfields and Social Vulnerability

In a report to the the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), a student in the Geographical & Sustainability Studies: Senior Project Seminar class completed an independent project that evaluated spatial relationships between Brownfields sites and public school buildings, using free...
Students visit Iowa city center

Regional Brownfields Inventory and Land Bank Feasibility Study

As part of their capstone project, second-year graduate students from the University of Iowa’s School of Urban & Regional Planning developed a process to inventory and prioritize brownfield sites on behalf of the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA), and conducted a feasibility...