Schroder Awarded APA-IA Distinguished Service Recipient 

Schroder Awarded APA-IA Distinguished Service Recipient 

The Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association named Des Moines senior urban planner Rose Schroder as their 2022 Distinguished Service Award recipient. This award is given to planners employed in the public, for-profit, or nonprofit sector in the State of Iowa who have made significant contributions to the planning profession through practice, teaching, or writing.  

When asked what she enjoys about planning for Iowa communities, Rose said, “I appreciate the groundwork that community planning lays for future generations; imagining new spaces and focusing on innovative policy and regulatory alternatives to create inclusive communities for all to enjoy.” 

Rose began her career in 2000 and has previous experience working at the county and city levels where she was responsible for land use and community development, including managing the master planning of corridors and redevelopment areas as well as development project review. Her primary areas of expertise include municipal planning, metropolitan area comprehensive plan development, and land use analysis and impacts. Rose believes that quality of life is directly related to the quality of place; she understands that the built environment, in combination with the services and opportunities available to all residents, businesses, and visitors, impacts the vitality of a community. 

Learn more about Rose’s commitment to creating safe, sustainable, and beautiful communities through her work on the City of Indianola’s downtown square, here!  

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