City of Jasper Teamed up with IU School of Public & Environment Affairs for Capstone Project

The Indiana University School of Public & Environment Affairs (SPEA) has teamed with the City of Jasper for a summer graduate Capstone project. SPEA Capstone courses are intended to address topics that integrate public policy, management, and science/technology in an interdisciplinary framework. The class will involve a group project or case study that requires students from around the world with very different backgrounds and skills to work together in a collaborative learning format.

I am always interested to receive outside perspectives on Jasper”, said Community Development & Planning Director Darla Blazey, “I look forward to the ideas and recommendations generated from this group of students on the city’s key redevelopment areas.”

SPEA classes have assisted Mitchell, Ellettsville, Bedford, South Bend, Bloomington and other Indiana communities in planning and development initiatives.

The class will focus on technical assistance for Jasper, producing four outcomes which will be utilized in the City’s upcoming comprehensive planning effort:

  1. Evaluation of a mixed-use neighborhood near downtown Jasper.

  2. Evaluation of public-private-partnership options.

  3. Downtown/Riverfront activation plan.

  4. Recommendations for future development projects with analysis of market/employment and project cost projections and funding options to implement recommendations.

The recommendations will be presented publicly at 6:30PM on Tuesday, July 24 in the Council Chambers at Jasper City Hall.

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