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Sustainable Economies Program receives national award

UEDA award

Through the Sustainable Economies Program, regional trade centers in rural Iowa are receiving information, tools and mentoring to develop plans for strategic growth; and the rest of the country is taking notice. In October CIRAS received a 2012 Award of Excellence from the University Economic Development Association for leading this ISU Extension and Outreach effort.

We offer Iowa’s regional trade centers an in-depth economic assessment of their financial, social and environmental well-being — their triple bottom line,” said CIRAS specialist Michael O’Donnell, who directs the program. “The goal is to provide these smaller cities with the data and tools to make effective decisions for long-term success.”