The office of Community Enhancement & Engagement works to develop sustainable, collaborative community partnerships to improve the quality of life in Grinnell by addressing relevant community priorities. Most recently, the college and community launched partnerships in the areas of economic development and education. A 2016 Iowa Reinvestment Application focuses on community revitalization and improving the visitor experience and the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership is a community-wide initiative supporting early literacy and post-graduate success.
Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership
The Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership brings together community non-profits, area employers, the Grinnell-Newburg School District, and community volunteers to support kids and families in Grinnell. Supported by a team of AmeriCorps Members embedded in host sites across the community, the partnership is helping to ensure that Grinnell’s kids get both a strong start and a strong finish to their school experience.
For the 2017-18 service year, if you are interested in serving as an AmeriCorps Member or getting your organization involved with the project, please contact AmeriCorps[at]grinnell[dot]edu or call 641-269-3900.
University of Iowa Classes Being Offered in Grinnell
Through a community partnership of educational institutions and local economic development agencies, the University of Iowa will be offering two courses in Grinnell this fall at the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus. These courses provide an option for students wanting to complete a degree or certification closer to home and can be applied to a range of University degree and certificate programs with a business emphasis. Both courses will be offered in a condensed, evening format to better meet the needs of non-traditional students in a “hybrid” format with a mix of online and face-to-face classes in Grinnell.
Iowa Reinvestment Application
With five community improvement projects aimed at improving quality of life for residents and enhancing Grinnell’s visitor experience, the City of Grinnell and Grinnell College were awarded a $6.85 million tax rebate incentive.
The collaborative City/College proposal was comprised of five interrelated community improvement projects which together are aimed at improving quality of life for residents and enhancing Grinnell’s visitor experience:
- Downtown Boutique Hotel and Events Center. Remodeling the current community center into a downtown boutique hotel and events center. Project lead: Private local development group.
- Central Park. Complete rebuild of Central Park to ensure that it remains the cultural and social center of our community for years to come. Project lead: City of Grinnell.
- Downtown Public Infrastructure and Streetscape. Completion of Phase 5 of the project to replace all the public infrastructure in Grinnell’s downtown. Project lead: City of Grinnell.
- Zone of Confluence. Create a connection between the Grinnell College campus and downtown Central Business District in order to better support the social and economic vitality of downtown Grinnell. Project lead: Grinnell College.
- Grinnell College Campus Improvements. Complete “Phase I” of Grinnell College’s Campus Plan. Phase I includes a new Humanities and Social Studies Complex, a new Admissions and Visitor Center, and comprehensive landscaping. Project lead: Grinnell College.
Grinnell Schools Taskforce
The 2015 Grinnell Schools Taskforce convened stakeholders from Grinnell College and the Grinnell Newburg School District to identify opportunities for more effective partnership. Several key recommendations are now being addressed through the Grinnell AmeriCorps Partnership.
Shuttle to Primary Health Care Clinic in Marshalltown
Shuttle service is now available on select Saturdays from October through December, 2017 to Primary Health Care Clinic (PHC) in Marshalltown. PHC is providing reproductive health care services to Grinnell/Poweshiek County patients in their Marshalltown location.