Business & Industry

Local Highlights

March 10, 2017

Please plan to attend if you would like to be a vendor at the Independence Farmers Market!

May 9, 2016
Released today!
March 3, 2016
Now Available
August 25, 2014

The Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll is an annual survey of Iowa farmers.  The survey project collects and disseminates information on issues of importance to communities across Iowa and the Midwest.

April 18, 2013

The planning and zoning process directly affects the lives of more than 85% of all Iowans.  Each zoning activity has its own statutory and ordinance procedures.  These ensure that the rights of citizens are protected as communities regulate land use.

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • 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.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

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

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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