Recent News

June 9, 2017

Registration is now open for the 42nd Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy to be held July 17-28 in Ames. The Institute and Academy offer useful, up-to-date training for municipal staff that will assist them in their job performance. Registration deadlines for reduced hotel room rates are June 26 for Institute participants and July 3 for Academy participants.

June 7, 2017

Immigrant-owned businesses are becoming more and more prevalent in Iowa. Driving through communities such as Perry, Ottumwa, Storm Lake, and Marshalltown, the impact of immigrant-owned businesses in the central business district is evident. These businesses play a vital role in Iowa’s economy, contributing significantly to our local tax base. Storefronts that would otherwise be empty--due to the general decline in rural retail caused by pull factors such as e-commerce and big box stores--are instead filled with ethnic grocery stores and restaurants, vaquero Western Wear shops, and Quinceañera gowns and party supplies.

May 11, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program is proud to announce that a team of our staff was honored with the Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award for the tourism training program they developed. The award was presented on March 26 as part of the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference. The team included specialists Abbie Gaffey, Jane Goeken, Diane Van Wyngarden, Steve Adams and Becky Luers.

March 2, 2017

Starting in March, four Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialists are doing a “tourism blitz” throughout the state of Iowa

December 11, 2016

Extension CED’s Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) released the Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2015 Annual Fiscal Conditions reports for Iowa’s 99 counties.

Strategic Plan

The people and programs of the Community and Economic Development (CED) Program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will work with communities--aligning all efforts with the goals of maximizing diversity and inclusivity--to focus on the following five critical issues:

  • Housing
  • Demographics
  • Local Economies
  • Built Environment
  • Civic Engagement and Leadership Capacity