ISU Extension and Outreach is enhancing economic development and quality of life in southeast Iowa by partnering with Iowa communities. The effort has yielded three shared positions specializing in community and economic development. In the most recent collaboration, with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, Charles “Chuck” Betts was hired as an extension specialist and executive director for the chamber.
“I know our area will benefit from this,” said April Girard, chamber board president. The collaboration “is an opportunity for Keokuk to utilize Iowa State resources and programs to provide a coordinated effort in making Keokuk a better community.”