Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

April 7, 2014

The Food Bank of Iowa’s Mobile Food Pantry will make a stop in Audubon County on Thursday, April 17 at the Exira Rec Center.

Carey Miller, executive director of the Food Bank of Iowa stated, “Right now, there are a growing number of hungry children, families and seniors, struggling with food insecurity. We know the resources for those facing hunger can be few and far between and these additional access points will make it easier for those struggling to obtain adequate food resources.”

March 24, 2014

Children are constantly bombarded by TV and the Internet with advertising for high-sugar, high-fat foods, toys and clothing. The ads are cleverly designed to make sure children will want to own whatever is being sold.  “I want! I Want!! I WANT!!!: Building Good Consumers” is the title of an online workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. All child care providers and interested parents can participate in the workshop from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on May 7, 2014. 

 

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

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