March 23, 2017

Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Attracting and keeping younger adults is a challenge that many small cities and towns face. Zachary Mannheimer bucked the trend and, after a 22-city road trip, decided to settle in Des Moines, Iowa. Now he’s focused on getting others like him to see the upside of living in smaller places.

Zach’s work takes a fresh approach to economic development in small towns with young people and creative professionals in mind. For example, a vacant hotel in Fort Dodge is being converted into market rate apartments with an in-house cultural center. In Earlham, Iowa residents are converting a downtown building into a restaurant and culinary school.

In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll hear how creative placemaking creates vibrant, attractive communities with viable business models, enthusiastic investors, and dynamic programs.

Speakers include:

  • Zach Mannheimer, Program Manager, Vice President Creative Placemaking, Iowa Business Growth