city of Sheffield, Ia

About the Project

Atlas Community Studios and McClure have partnered with Sheffield Betterment Foundation and a diverse group of local leaders to develop a placemaking action plan for Sheffield, Iowa. The purpose of the action plan is to assist Sheffield with implementing innovative placemaking strategies and catalytic projects to improve quality of life for current and future residents.

Sheffield’s placemaking action plan will focus on three key priorities*, including:

  • Housing
  • Cultural Amenity
  • Childcare

*Key priorities are subject to change.

Public Input Sessions

Public visioning sessions have concluded. Thank you for your input!

Community Survey

This survey is now closed. Thank you for your input!

Scope of Work

In partnership with USDA Rural Development and their team at the Innovation Center, Atlas Community Studios and McClure will implement proven placemaking methods, including:

Host project team meetings, identify and select diverse steering committee members, facilitate preparatory steering committee meetings, conduct preliminary research assessment for each community/county, and develop a public engagement website.

Host visioning sessions for the steering committee and public, facilitate focus groups and one-on-one meetings with key stakeholders, solicit feedback via online survey(s), and identify emerging themes.

Compile and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, identify potential project concepts, and determine the viability of priority projects and initiatives.

Define priority projects and initiatives, identify key partners, create programming, determine capital and operating cost estimates, and compile public and private funding sources to consider for implementation.

Prioritize projects and initiatives, identify grant coordinators for each community/county, build cross-sector partnerships, identify capital campaign committee members, determine viable funding opportunities to implement priority projects and initiatives, and establish a timeline to execute.

Steering Committee

Thank you to the following people for volunteering their time and efforts during this process.

Points of Contact

Greg Hellman
Sales/Office Assistant
Sukup Manufacturing

Mary Amsbaugh
Executive Director
Franklin County Development Association

Name Organization
Dr. Briana Brayton
Central Park Dentistry
Amy Stevens
CPD & WF Wharf
Beth Janssen
CPD/Business Owner
Mike Kruger
Alex Brayton
Tim Christenson
Jasperson Insurance
Ashley Francis
Sheffield City Clerk
Scott Sanders
Sheffield Mayor
Diane Wills
WF Food Pantry
Grant Petersen
United Bank and Trust
Shari Bogue
Sheffield Betterment Foundation
Carrie O'Connor
Sheffield Community Club
Karen Clark
In-home Daycare Provider
Lori Sanders
Apple Daycare
Jay Lala
CPD - Core Member
John Trewin
UBTC - Core Member
Mary Amsbaugh
Franklin County Development Association
Greg Hellman
Sukup Manufacturing