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Registration open for Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy

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. Read more about Registration open for Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy

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Why Local Leaders Should Support Immigrant-owned Businesses

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. Read more about Why Local Leaders Should Support Immigrant-owned Businesses

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Tourism program earns Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award

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. Read more about Tourism program earns Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award

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Applications Available for 2017 Community Visioning Program

August 11, 2016

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is now accepting applications for the 2017 program year. Communities with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents in need of transportation enhancement planning assistance are eligible to participate in the Community Visioning Program. The deadline for community applications is September 30 (postmarked). Read more about Applications Available for 2017 Community Visioning Program

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Anindita Das joins CED as specialist for refugees in Iowa

June 2, 2016

Anindita Das recently began a job as a refugee community plan coordinator in partnership with the Refugee Community Planning Group. In that role, she’ll work with ISU Extension and Outreach’s Diverse and Underserved Iowans Team while focusing on the changing demographics of Iowa’s communities.  Read more about Anindita Das joins CED as specialist for refugees in Iowa

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ISU Extension CED partnering with USDA State Rural Development in national SET program

August 30, 2015

From colorful quilts in Main Street shops to gilded oil paintings in big city museums, Jennifer Drinkwater sees it all as art. There are no hierarchies, she says, because all art is a creative expression of culture. And as Drinkwater assumes a newly created position at Iowa State University, her expansive definition of art is serving the people of Iowa well. Read more about ISU Extension CED partnering with USDA State Rural Development in national SET program

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ISU professor helps Iowa towns build community, identity and economy through art

August 30, 2015

From colorful quilts in Main Street shops to gilded oil paintings in big city museums, Jennifer Drinkwater sees it all as art. There are no hierarchies, she says, because all art is a creative expression of culture. And as Drinkwater assumes a newly created position at Iowa State University, her expansive definition of art is serving the people of Iowa well. Read more about ISU professor helps Iowa towns build community, identity and economy through art

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Towns selected for 2016 Community Visioning Program

August 30, 2015

Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2016. The award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape. Read more about Towns selected for 2016 Community Visioning Program

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Borich to Retire from CED Extension and Outreach

March 2, 2015

Timothy O. Borich will be retiring as director of the ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program, as well as associate dean for extension and outreach within the ISU College of Design, effective Sept. 3. He will remain at Iowa State part-time as an associate professor in the Department of Community and Regional Planning. Click here to learn more. Read more about Borich to Retire from CED Extension and Outreach

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Retail-Scapes Studio Helps Lyon County Residents Dream Big

January 7, 2015

From revitalizing Main Street and renovating a library to creating river trails and improving water quality, the possibilities for increasing local tourism and quality of life seemed limitless to Lyon County residents after viewing their county through the eyes of 28 Iowa State University design students.  Read more about Retail-Scapes Studio Helps Lyon County Residents Dream Big

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