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The RIO Iowa Project

The Rebuild Iowa Office (RIO) was a temporary state agency created in June 27, 2008 by the Iowa Legislature in House File 64. The mission of RIO was to ensure that the State of Iowa rebuilds safer, stronger and smarter than before the catastrophic flooding and severe storms of 2008. The Rebuild Iowa Office closed on June 23, 2011.

The RIO Iowa Project, a project spearheaded by the University of Iowa's School of Urban and Regional Planning, is dedicated to providing information through resources and materials that represent the work done by the former Rebuild Iowa Office. Additionally, RIO Iowa aims to promote planning education throughout the State of Iowa and beyond by making tools and other planning related documentation available for website visitors. Finally, in conjuction with the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association, the University of Iowa's School of Urban and Regional Planning is also hosting a Smart Planning Toolbox on the RIO website.