Author

Charles Connerly

Charles Connerly

Charles Connerly recently retired after serving 13 years as professor and director of the University of Iowa School of Planning and Public Affairs. Prior to that, he taught urban planning at Florida State University for 27 years. In 2009, he founded the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, a University of Iowa unit that has organized a dozen partnerships with communities throughout the state that generated over 280 student-centered projects that benefitted these communities. He has published three books.

COMMENTARY

Will the GOP embrace workforce-enabling child tax credit?

By: - August 7, 2021

The Iowa child care crisis continues with an insufficient number of affordable child care facilities available for people throughout the state.  This has a clear impact on the state’s economy, making it more difficult for workers to remain in or join the workforce. The shortage of labor that is currently affecting cities and towns throughout […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa’s new law raises question: ‘What is systemic racism?’

By: - June 22, 2021

Faculty and staff in public schools, including public universities, are not to engage in the discussion of “systematic racism” in Iowa or the U.S. when conducting trainings of faculty, staff, and students. That’s according to House File 802, recently passed by the Iowa Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Training instructors are […]