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Iowa State researchers awarded NSF grant to study ‘shrink-smart’ communities in Iowa

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa — Why do some small communities still thrive as they lose population, and what can other shrinking communities learn from them to protect residents’ quality of life?

Iowa State University researchers have received a one-year, $100,000 National Science Foundation planning grant to study “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa and develop tools to help all small and shrinking communities plan for population loss and mitigate its negative effects.