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New Iowa State initiative to support small rural businesses

Iowa Retail Initiative

Iowa State University is leading a new initiative to support Iowa’s independent retailers and revitalize rural downtowns.

This fall, approximately 75 students in the colleges of human sciences and design will help rural businesses with makeovers and consultations as part of the Iowa Retail Initiative. The initiative will unite existing campus services and provide a single point of contact for rural communities and retailers seeking help. It is financed by a $250,000 Strategic Initiatives grant from ISU Extension and Outreach.

This article appeared in July 2013 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter