Local Economies

  • Participants at Local Economies event

The Local Economies team strengthens communities and their local economies by teaching best practices and providing hands-on assistance to retailers and entrepreneurs. We have expertise in small and minority-owned business financial planning, customer service, store design and layout, and entrepreneurism, which we apply to promote small-business development and expansion for retailers and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on those in the tourism, agritourism, grocery, and local-foods sectors.



Central Avenue Corridor

Community Food Systems

Iowa Retail Initiative


University Extension Development Collaborative

Housing Needs