Mission Statement

Main streetCommunity and Economic Development promotes the vision to accommodate quality growth in communities across the state. Local business owners, community leaders and residents benefit from the research and expertise of our specialists.





Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program helps organizations and local governments develop and build their capacity to make Iowa communities better places to live and work.


To assist the people of Iowa in finding understanding and answers that will lead to productive, healthy and sustainable communities.


  • We value our opportunities to educate and inform, to question and facilitate; it is not our role to dictate answers and strategies to the client.
  • We value ongoing relationships with clients to help them see their way to success.
  • We value cooperation with others as we carry out our unique educational role in the community development process.
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