Getting Creative in Rural Iowa

Public and private leaders in rural Iowa communities are reaping the benefitsnull
of place-based “creative placemaking.” Since early 2017, telecommunication
companies across the state have applied for Ripple Effect grants to fund planning
initiatives for their communities. To date, five grants have been awarded to the
cities of Villisca, Keosauqua, New Market, Stanton, and Greene County. These
communities are using the creative placemaking process to achieve economic growth
and bolster community vitality. The process identifies cultural and entrepreneurial
amenities that will help them keep and attract tomorrow’s workforce. The final
product is a cultural assessment master plan that identifies a long-term vision for
the community’s civic and cultural investments. This heightened focus on the arts
generates a creative economy to leverage cultural capacity as a community building
and talent development strategy. Ripple Effect is helping make creative placemaking
a reality in rural Iowa.