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Town/Craft Center Hires Christine Pardee as Project Coordinator


PERRY, Iowa -- Christine Pardee is the new project coordinator for Town/Craft, a center created to help small communities envision a sustainable future.

Her appointment was announced by officials of Town/Craft, which is a collaboration of the Iowa State University College of Design, ISU Extension Community and Economic Development, and Hometown Perry, Iowa. The project is located in refurbished historical buildings in Perry.

As project coordinator, Pardee is responsible for organizing all Town/Craft activities, including symposia, roundtable forums, design forums, and other activities aimed at promoting the restoration and sustenance of small communities in Iowa, as well as throughout the Midwest and the country. She will support the work of the center by researching trends and innovations in community development and coordinating the dissemination of information through published proceedings, seminars and workshops, and a Web site.

Currently, Pardee is working with Alan Vandehaar, Town/Craft manager and ISU community development field specialist, to prepare for the grand opening of Town/Craft scheduled for Aug. 7.

Prior to joining the Town/Craft project, Pardee worked as a consultant specializing in sustainable community and economic development. She has worked on projects with the ISU Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. She also worked as co-director of the State and Local Food Policy Project and coordinator of the Iowa Food Policy Council for the Agricultural Law Center at Drake University.

Pardee said she was attracted to the unique opportunity that the Town/Craft program offers. “The Town/Craft project piqued my intellectual and creative curiosities—it’s a rare opportunity to contribute to a collaborative, cross-disciplinary effort catalyzing the exploration and development of innovative sustainable solutions for small towns," she said.

She also enjoys working in Perry. “Perry is such a great town; being able to work here with all the good folks in this community is an additional appeal,” she added.

For additional information about Town/Craft and the Aug. 7 grand opening, contact Pardee at (515) 465-2518, cpardee@iastate.edu, or Vandehaar at alanv@iastate.edu.


Contacts :

Christine Pardee, Town/Craft Center, (515) 465-2518,

Sandra Oberbroeckling, Landscape Architecture, (515) 294-8397,

Del Marks, Extension Communications, (515) 294-9807,