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SPPG, supported by United Way of Central Iowa, officially kicked off activities of the Out-of-School Time (OST) Literacy Initiative in 2013. Afterschool programs that participate in the initiative are supported by SPPG’s two Literacy Coaches. The Coaches assist program staff in integrating literacy into activity planning and in developing useful and appropriate materials through training and one-on-one, daily assistance. The goal of literacy (reading and writing) in afterschool... Read more
With May upon us we’re seeing winter turned to spring, and spring heading toward summer. How fast the days go for the SPPG team with our ongoing work and new ventures! Spring seems to be the season for conferences, with Association of Iowa Workforce Professionals, Impact Afterschool, and the public-health focused Economic Health of Business regional summit. Add in other work such as our strategic planning work with the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, work on youth... Read more
Written by Brad KnottNovember 18, 2016 As John and I finish our second month at State Public Policy Group, there are many impressions worth sharing. Here are a few. 1) The breadth and the depth of the work here is incredible! We are helping afterschool programs, educating business leaders on public health issues, helping rural Iowa physicians retain their independence, and studying factors impacting the financial capacity for Blacks in the greater community. These are just a few of the... Read more
Change is good! SPPG welcomed new co-owners on September 1, 2016. Brad Knott and John Norris have relocated back to Iowa and partnered up as the new owners of SPPG. We are celebrating! We are happy to also celebrate that we are pretty good at managing our own change. Managing change to positively impact the community, state, and world around us is one of SPPG’s values and foundational premises of the work we do with and for our clients. We also apply those values and premises to... Read more
This man was a real character. I mean, he was always up to something! He always had more ideas than one brain deserves to create – some of them were pretty darn good – and he often had more opinions than ideas. And the best thing about him was that he also HAD character. You couldn’t find a better human being anywhere. Tom Parks died on September 9 after having more adventures, successes, struggles, ideas, and accolades than many could cram into nine lifetimes. At one point... Read more