Flooding in Iowa project receives national and regional awards

The Flooding in Iowa project (accessible here and via the “Flooding in Iowa” tab at the top) received the national Educational Materials Award for 2015 from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP), and the regional Educational Materials Award from the NACDEP North Central Region.  These awards are given annually to recognize “outstanding materials that educate through credible, accurate and concise information.”  Both awards will be presented during the NACDEP Annual Conference, May 17-20 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Flooding in Iowa project is a series of 21 short, web-based videos and related materials designed to educate the public about floodplains, flood risks and basic floodplain management principles.

Upcoming deadlines for Planning and Zoning workshops

Registration deadlines for the upcoming Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops:

Ft. Dodge: Workshop March 24, deadline TODAY
Dubuque: Workshop March 30, deadline March 23
Waterloo: Workshop March 31, deadline March 24
Davenport, Workshop April 6, deadline March 30
Fairfield: Workshop April 7, deadline March 31
Johnston: Workshop April 13, deadline April 6

Go to the ‘Intro to Planning and Zoning’ tab at the top of this page to register.

Planning and Zoning workshop deadlines approaching

A friendly reminder that the deadlines for the first Planning and Zoning workshops are rapidly approaching.

Council Bluffs: Workshop March 23, deadline (if you want a meal) March 16
Ft. Dodge: Workshop March 24, deadline March 17
Dubuque: Workshop March 30, deadline March 23
Waterloo: Workshop March 31, deadline March 24

Go to the ‘Intro to Planning and Zoning’ tab at the top of this page to register.

Planning and Zoning workshops reminder

It’s been a whole month since I broke the news about the annual Planning and Zoning Workshops schedule.  The time seemed right for a reminder.

March 23 – Council Bluffs, Hilton Garden Inn, 2702 MidAmerica Drive
March 24 – Fort Dodge, Quality Inn, 2001 Hwy 169 South
March 30 – Dubuque, Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main Street
March 31 – Waterloo, Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street
April 6 – Davenport, Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Avenue
April 7 – Fairfield, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 North Main
April 13 – Johnston, Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive

For the online registration link, click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab at the top of this page.  Reminder:  We have moved exclusively to an online registration system for the workshops.  You will not be receiving a registration form in the mail – merely an announcement.  When you register online you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

Registration for 2015 Planning and Zoning workshops…and Twitter

Two announcements.  First, we are now on Twitter  @PlanningBLUZ.  Look to the right of this post and click to follow!

Second, registration for the Spring 2015 Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshops is now open.  The dates and locations are:

March 23 (Monday) – Council Bluffs, Hilton Garden Inn, 2702 MidAmerica Drive
March 24 (Tuesday) – Fort Dodge, Quality Inn, 2001 Hwy 169 South
March 30 (Monday) – Dubuque, Hotel Julien Dubuque, 200 Main Street
March 31 (Tuesday) – Waterloo, Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street
April 6 (Monday) – Davenport, Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch, 6000 Eastern Avenue
April 7 (Tuesday) – Fairfield, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 North Main
April 13 (Monday) – Johnston, Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive

All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per individual.  This fee is reduced to $50 per individual if a city or county registers 5 or more officials to attend.  The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

Note that we have moved exclusively to an online registration system for the workshops. For more information and the link to online registration, click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab at the top of this page.  When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

Intro to Planning and Zoning workshops reminder

The time seemed right for a reminder about the annual Planning and Zoning Workshops tour (someday I will get black t-shirts made with the dates printed on the back!).

March 31, 2014 (Monday)     Okoboji, Arrowwood Resort
April 1, 2014 (Tuesday)        Carroll, Carrollton Inn
April 7, 2014 (Monday)         Decorah, Hotel Winneshiek
April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)        Clear Lake, Best Western Holiday Lodge
April 14, 2014 (Monday)       Cedar Rapids, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
April 21, 2014 (Monday)       Sioux City, Bev’s on the River
April 22, 2014 (Tuesday)      Creston, Supertel Inn and Conference Center

For more information, and the online registration link, click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab at the top of this page.  Reminder:  We are moving exclusively to an online registration system for the workshops this year.  When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

Announcing Spring 2014 Intro to Planning and Zoning workshops

The dates and locations for the Spring 2014 Planning and Zoning for Local Officials workshops have been set:

March 31, 2014 (Monday)     Okoboji, Arrowwood Resort
April 1, 2014 (Tuesday)        Carroll, Carrollton Inn
April 7, 2014 (Monday)         Decorah, Hotel Winneshiek
April 8, 2014 (Tuesday)        Clear Lake, Best Western Holiday Lodge
April 14, 2014 (Monday)       Cedar Rapids, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center
April 21, 2014 (Monday)       Sioux City, Bev’s on the River
April 22, 2014 (Tuesday)      Creston, Supertel Inn and Conference Center

All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. The registration fee is $65 per individual.  This fee is reduced to $50 per individual if a city or county registers 5 or more officials to attend.  The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

For more information, and the online registration link, click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab at the top of this page.  Note that we are moving exclusively to an online registration system for the workshops this year.  When you register you will have the option to pay by credit card, or to be invoiced via email.

Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops reminder….again

Have I reminded you about the Planning and Zoning workshops lately?  You can go to the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab above to find details about where and when, and to download a registration brochure.

This won’t be the last time, I assure you.

Intro to Planning and Zoning workshop reminder

Because the registration brochures for the Spring Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops were mailed a little earlier than I like, I feel the urge to give you frequent reminders between now and March that registration is now open.  Consider yourselves reminded.  You can go to the “Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops” tab above to find details about where and when, and to download a registration brochure.

This won’t be the last time I remind you.

Announcing Spring 2013 Intro to Planning and Zoning workshops

It is once again time for ISU Extension and Outreach Introduction to Planning and Zoning workshops.  It is a three-hour workshop designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects.  Using case scenarios in a highly-interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process.  The workshop is offered annually in eight locations across the state.  Locations change from year-to-year so that city and county officials are able to attend a location near them at least once every two years.  The dates and locations for Spring 2013 are:

March 25 – Council Bluffs, Hilton Garden Inn
March 27 – Fort Dodge, Best Western Starlight Village
April 1 – Davenport, River Music Experience Performance Hall
April 2 – Fairfield, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
April 3 – Waterloo, Waterloo Center for the Arts
April 8 – Dubuque, Grand River Center
April 9 – Johnston, Hilton Garden Inn

Registration brochures will be in the mail in late January.  You will also be able to download a registration form from the Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops page (link to that page is above) at around the same time.

All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m.  The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. The registration fee is $55 per individual.  This fee is reduced to $45 per individual if a city or county registers 5 or more officials to attend.  The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

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