EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science
Community and Regional Planning
Iowa State University

Master of Community and Regional Planning
Iowa State University

 

AWARDS & HONORS

American Planning Association-Iowa Chapter – Student Poster Winner

Iowa State University: GIS Mapping Certification

Completed Heartland Economic Development Course

 

EXPERIENCE

Public Engagement

Comprehensive & Strategic Planning

Grant Writing & Administration

Omaha-Council Bluffs MPO – leader of the development of Heartland 2050

Witmer Park Project – Capital Campaign Team member

Clinton Sloss

Creative Placemaker

Clinton (Clint) grew up in the rural, central Iowa community of Stuart, commonly referred to as the pit stop between Des Moines and Omaha. Much of his interest in community development stems from his family’s active involvement in their community. His father’s hardware store has 40+ years of continued success which speaks volumes of their commitment to the community and his ability to adapt to the changing retail market. His mother’s role as a school administrator helped Clint to better understand the importance of a good local education system and its role in the health and vitality of any community.

Clint has been working as a planning professional since 2010 with an emphasis on the rural community and economic development. In that time, Clint has held positions in both the public sector as a regional planner for the Omaha-Council Bluffs MPO and a private consultant working with rural communities across Iowa and Nebraska. Much of his work has focused on demographic research to understand his client communities’ challenges, public engagement to identify feasible solutions, and grant writing to fund to implementation of the proposed projects.

In addition to his community development role, Clint lead the Omaha metropolitan area’s long-term vision called Heartland 2050. The project was focused on developing long-term solutions for projected population growth impacting both urban and rural communities over the next 30 years. Without a change in course, it is predicted the metro communities will have a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall, likely requiring substantial property tax hikes and a loss of services. The original 2014 vision emphasized region-wide goals including people-focused economic development, education enhancements to training the workforce of the future, health and safety, housing diversity and development, strategic infrastructure enhancements, and access to and preservation of natural resources.

Much of Clint’s free time is spent with his wife Elisa, their daughters Ceci and Millie, and two yippy dogs named Charlie and Frank. They enjoy taking on home renovation projects, family activities like going to the zoo, traveling at home and abroad, and hosting elaborate dinners for family and friends.