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Creative Placemaking: Economic Development for the Next Generation

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Attracting and retaining 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 communities.

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, 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 and an eye towards attracting and retaining the younger generation.

This free webinar is co-hosted with the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™.

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Zachary Mannheimer, Principal Community Planner, McClure Engineering

Zachary founded the Des Moines Social Club, an arts and education nonprofit. With the retention and recruitment of young people as a goal, DMSC uses the arts as a catalyst to create unprecedented community engagement. Zach’s experience points to the value in moving outside geographic and ideological comfort zones.

Update: We have reached capacity for the live event. Please register using the "recording only" ticket type to ensure you receive the webinar recording when it is available. Thank you for your interest.

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