Community Economic Development

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November 24, 2015

Changes in health insurance raise many questions for consumers.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering a FREE online workshop on Tuesday December 1 from 6 – 8 PM.  The Smart Choice Health Insurance Education program is research-based, non-political and non-commercial, and  will equip consumers with tools they need to make the best possible decision when choosing health insurance plans for themselves and their families.  The workshop has helped thousands of consumers build knowledge, skill and confidence for these important decisions.

To register for this free online class contact your local ISU Extension and Outreach office or register online at more information, contact Barb Wollan, Human Sciences specialist in family finance, at 515-832-9597 or

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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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