Sandra Oberbroeckling
Community and Economic Development

515-294-3721
soberbr@iastate.edu

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A new video series, “Flooding in Iowa,” offers a close look at floodplains, flood risks and ways to mitigate possible future losses from flooding. The web-based educational videos are suitable for local officials as well as the general public.
 

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Geospatial Technology Program is offering an introductory geographic information systems short course in August.

The Greater Keokuk Young Professionals organization has risen from the ashes, thanks to the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development, and two dynamic young local leaders.

Thanks to West Liberty Economic Area Development, Iowa Workforce Development and West Liberty High School, juniors were able to take ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate exam. This project was initiated through We Lead to help students better understand the workforce skills they possess and help West Liberty determine a baseline to identify gaps in the local workforce’s skills.

The city of Ottumwa and Himar Hernandez, a community and economic development specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, were featured on NBC’s TODAY Show in a piece on how communities adapt to changing populations. The show aired April 12 on NBC and is available to view online.

The Cedar County Economic Development Commission, in partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach and the Cedar County Agricultural Extension District, has hired Shelise Parsley to serve as an ISU Extension community development specialist and economic development director for Cedar County. It's the latest in a growing number of shared community and economic development positions in ISU Extension and Outreach.

“Economic Value of Outdoor Recreation Activities in Iowa,” a report from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is available for free download. The report provides a comprehensive profile of Iowa’s outdoor recreational resources, levels of participation and the economic impact associated with those outdoor activities.

Projects Iowa State University completed with 23 Iowa towns are featured in an exhibit on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., June 27 to July 1 and July 4-8.

Through a new program called Communities to Community (C2C), ISU Extension and Outreach will enter into partnerships with up to five Iowa communities in different areas of the state. The C2C program will offer a two-year schedule of bundled design, educational, business and leadership development services available through the Community and Economic Development unit and the ISU College of Design.

Twelve Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2012: Calmar, Center Point, Chariton, Colo, Dyersville, Manning, Paullina, Perry, Rock Valley, Schaller, Tripoli and Villisca.