SE Iowa Town Braces for University Closure

by Brian Wilson
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The city of Mount Pleasant is preparing for Iowa Wesleyan University to close at the end of the month and there are still many questions about what that will mean to business and labor in the community. At the Grange Public House and Brewery, owner Sue Sorensen says her husband Eric is more optimistic about the end of Iowa Wesleyan

The U-S-D-A is taking ownership of the campus, and  has been holding meetings in the town to help find a new use and a new owner for the campus. Rachel Lindane works in economic development in Mount Pleasant, she says while she’s gotten a lot of calls and questions about the road ahead, there just aren’t many answers at this point.

Mount Pleasant was first incorporated as a town in 1842,  the same year the University was established. I-S-U Architecture and Design professor, Kimberly Zarcore, is studying how quality of life in a small town can be maintained even as it loses population. She says the town’s future is tied up in what makes Mount Pleasant a good place to live in the first place.

This is what Mount Pleasant residents like Sue Sorensen and her husband will have to figure out with their neighbors.

The U-S-D-A says it will work side by side with the community as it moves ahead.

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