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Volume 4, Issue 4, Spring 2011

  • Extension shows Latino entrepreneurs silver lining in economic cloud
  • Urban forestry survey shows that Iowans want more trees in their communities
  • Planning and zoning workshops for local officials are under way
  • New app available to access Extension Program Builder on the go
  • Landscape architecture studio helps Lake Delhi-area reidents explore alternative futures
  • Citizen engagement process helps Hawarden identify community vision
  • Healthy choices are easy choices in northeast Iowa thanks to the NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative
  • The City of Fairfield announces record-breaking recycling results
  • ISU Extension community development work showcased at a national Extension professionals conference

Volume 4, Issue 3, Fall 2010Iowa Kids University at Wildwood Elementary School

  • Corning is site of 'groundbreaking' sustainable and affordable housing
  • Community visioning program application deadline extended until December 10, 2010
  • CIRAS program manager helps Iowa cities and companies connect
  • Extension receives grant to educate Iowans on flood mitigation
  • Design West wins national award of excellence in partnership development
  • Extension specialists target hot-button issues at Iowa League of Cities conference
  • Extension and Iowa League of Cities offer budget workshops
  • Extension helps launch Iowa Kids University in Wapello and Mahaska Counties
  • Extension needs assessment: giving the people what they want
  • Loan program helps small businesses create and retain jobs in Iowa
  • Chris Seeger uses geospatial technology to engage the public

Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 2010

  • Community and regional planning studio links Extension and education
  • Keith Knapp joins the Institute of Transportation as LTAP director
  • ISU Design West Studio wins NEA Grant to expand affordable programming
  • Sioux City high school students learn by design at ISU Design West
  • Eight Iowa towns will be part of ISU post-flood housing assessment
  • Ackley's Prairie Bridges Park board creates a destination from the ground up
  • Extension specialists study factors driving ethanol plant site selection
  • Sustainability on display in Fairfield at All Things Italian Festival
  • Ron Powers reflects on 30 years of innovation in community development in Iowa

Volume 4, Issue 1, Spring 2010

  • Flood of activity in Elkader and along Turkey River creates a statewide impact
  • Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy coming up in July
  • Fairfield residents learn to go green in their own backyards
  • Le Mars looks to ISU design students for ideas for a park plan
  • PLaCE program acts as a catalyst for community revitalization in Le Claire
  • Despite tough times, Latino businesses in Iowa continue to thrive
  • Living local is the theme of exhibits at the Town/Craft gallery
  • ISU Extension and Indian Hills Community College team up to teach the basics of starting and building a business
  • ISU Exploritas program will offer a Missouri River and Loess Hills tour in fall 2010
  • Assessment report examines housing need indicators related to population growth, housing unit supply and housing value
  • Stuart Huntington remembers his years on the road for Extension offering community economic development assistance

Volume 3, Issue 4, Winter 2009-10

  • 2010 visioning program expands community input process
  • Online educational academy offers leadership training to public works employees
  • Regional Economics and Community Analysis Program Web site offers county-level housing profiles
  • Iowa delegation in the U.S. House projected to decrease following 2010 Census
  • Long-form census questionnaire eliminated in 2010
  • Investments in amenities and tourism create short- and long-term economic growth
  • Extension sociologists promote diversity in teaching, research and outreach program
  • Hispanic community in Lenox benefits from ISU Extension partnership with Iowa State Savings Bank
  • ISU Exension prepares to host 2011 Urban Extension Conference
  • Iowa companies and ISU Extension collaborate on agriculture environmental projects
  • Latino entrepreneurship topic of Town/Craft roundtable discussion
  • Tim Borich elected president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
  • Nadia Anderson appointed Extension architecture and community design specialist
  • Cindy Kendall joins ISU Extension and the Iowa League of Cities
  • Extension blog provides up-to-date information on Midwest planning and zoning issues

Volume 3, Issue 3, Fall 2009

  • Southwest Iowa online shopping site extends rural development across the globe
  • Extension completes a needs assessment survey for City of Spencer and Clay County
  • Affordable housing issues are theme of study by ISU Extension economists
  • Poverty study calls for examination of nonprofit services in Iowa
  • Planning and zoning workshops for local officials offered in eight communities
  • Extension materials offer guides for nonprofit organization sustainability and board of directors continuity
  • Parenting classes offered to Spanish-speaking families in southeast Iowa
  • Scott Timm joins ISU Extension as sustainability specialist in City of Fairfield
  • ISU study examines grocery store trends in Iowa
  • Iowa companies and ISU Extension collaborate on agriculture environmental projects
  • High-tech tools help communities engage in economic development initatives
  • Sociologists document the effectiveness of water quality initatives

Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 2009

  • Variety of services available for entrepreneurs from ISU Extension
  • ISU Extension partners with the City of Fairfield to promote sustainable living and energy efficient technology
  • Public meetings work toward development of Iowa Housing Policy
  • Regional housing trust funds increase access to affordable housing
  • Ottumwa Main Street Program makes diversity a priority in downtown area
  • Facilitation guides use hands-on approach to teach immigrants survival skills
  • Presentations provide tips for running a business during tough times
  • Regional Capacity Analysis Program study examines the roleof minorities in the Iowa economy
  • Community Development-Data Information and Analysis Laboratory moves to College of Design
  • Extension economists help develop state five-year housing plan
  • Wayne Kobberdahl provides a connection to the adventures of Lewis and Clark

Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2009

  • Community Visioning Program provides long-term planning processes for cities that suffered tornado and flood damage
  • Focus groups help gather information for transportation planning
  • Geospatial technology training available from ISU Extension in a variety of formats
  • Studio design class at ISU's Design West helps Sioux City take a new look at signage, skywalks
  • Susan Fey elected president of the Iowa Distance Learning Association's board of directors
  • Food and Fitness Initative makes healthy living choices easy in northeast Iowa
  • ISU Extension helps communities in northeast Iowa map walking trails
  • Collaborative program in Marshall County helps new farmers get a foothold in local food systems
  • Shared county extension director positions offers Iowans two for the price of one
  • Residents and planning students team up to improve downtown Waukee
  • Conference theme is Asset-Based Community Development
  • Jack Whitmer, first leader of the Office of State and Local Government, left an imprint on how Iowa cities do business

Volume 2, Issue 4, Winter 2008

  • A revisit to a planning studio project in downtown Red Oak shows lasting benefits 12 years later
  • Recommendations help communities become elder-friendly to attract and keep older residents
  • Diane Van Wyngarden is named Individual Friend of Tourism by the Iowa Tourism Office and Iowa Department of Economic Development
  • Planning and Sustaining Community Landscapes is topic for tri-state conference in Sioux City
  • Iowa State University’s Design West center in Sioux City is the 2008 recipient of the American Institute of Architects Iowa Honor Award for Design
  • Success of West Liberty Foods founded in partnership between ISU Extension and West Liberty Economic Area Development
  • Students compete to design affordable housing for flood-damaged communities
  • Multicultural Community Planning Project in Perry draws on ISU student resources
  • Web-based mapping tool assists Iowa schools with Safe Routes to School program
  • Election official training conducted by ISU Extension helps 2008 voting go smoothly
  • Community Development – Data Information and Analysis Laboratory provides ISU Extension support to communities in all 99 Iowa counties

Volume 2, Issue 3, Fall 2008

  • Community and economic development programming from ISU Extension assists communities in disaster recovery
  • Study examines the decline of grocery stores in Iowa’s smallest communities
  • Student-operated statistical service reaches out to Iowa Communities
  • Take Charge Web site provides tools for communities to find economic development data
  • Iowa’s Living Roadways community visioning program makes route come alive for 2008 RAGBRAI riders
  • ISU Extension specialists facilitate retreat for directors of the Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center
  • Geographic Information Systems study examines performance of students in Iowa and Illinois school districts
  • Value added agriculture programs helps Iowans retain more of their food dollar
  • Norm Riggs looks back on a 31-year career with ISU Extension

Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2008

  • Mount Pleasant PLaCE Project is Turning a Downtown Visualization Exercise into a Reality
  • Geospatial Survey Technology Enhances Participation in Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program
  • High-Tech Land-Use Planning is a Benefit of CommunityViz Software Used by Institute for Design Research and Outreach
  • Study Demonstrates Value of Natural Resources to Economic Development
  • Horizons Program Focuses on Reducing Poverty in Rural Iowa Communities
  • Extension Programs Benefit from Involvement of ISU Students
  • Design West Studios Expose Students to the Elements of Design and Planning in Sioux City
  • Town/Craft Roundtables Address Key Community Development Issues. Recent topics include Biofuels and Elder-Friendly Design
  • Quality Workforce Housing Essential to Economic Development
  • Housing Expert Joines Extension Community and Economic Development Staff
  • 'Number Guy' Will Goudy Set the Standard for Accessible Census Data

Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 2008

  • North Central Regional Community Resources and Economic Development Planning Roundtable held at Town/Craft Center in February
  • Economic impact of industrial activity is topic for Dave Swenson at conference at ISU Design West in Sioux City
  • Online program offers master's degree in community development
  • Tri-State Green Spaces Conference brings together ISU specialists in Sioux City
  • Interactive geographic information systems allow public to participate in community planning
  • City of Jefferson uses GIS survey as a tool to solve problems with city water and sewer quality
  • Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll tracks views of Iowans on bioeconomy and quality of life issues
  • ISU Design West center featured in Siouxland Magazine
  • Director of Center for Transportation Research and Education looks at Iowa's road system and the need for repairs, replacements and maintenance
  • Program specialist joins Regoinal Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP)
  • Communities selected for Iowa's Living Roadways 2008 Visioning Program
  • A look back: Sir Eino Kainlauri, professor of architecture whose outreach efforts spanned nine time zones

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 2007

  • Extension assists in construction of two ethanol plants in Southwest Iowa.
  • Geographic Information Systems short courses and Planning and Zoning Workshops offer training for local officials.
  • Greene County explores ways to participate in the bioeconomy.
  • Training for precinct election officials prepares the way for voting in 2008.
  • Road Scholars program helpsl state, county and municipal road workers improve their skills.
  • Fairground beautification project receives a boost from ISU Extension landscape architects.
  • Woodbury County Extension Education Director creates networks for economic development.
  • ReCAP offers focused data analysis for Iowa Communities.
  • Margherita Tarr: A woman ahead of her time who left an impact on the Iowa landscape.

Volume 1, Issue 3, Fall 2007

  • SEAT program works to keep elections in Iowa open, honest, and fair
  • Community Vitality Center research targets people moving to and from rural Iowa
  • Therapeutic gardens yield better physical, mental and emotional health
  • Small Iowa communities are invited to apply to the 2008 Community Visioning Program
  • Southeast Iowa travel program attracts visitors nationwide

Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 2007

  • Extension Conference on Community Sustainability in the Bioeconomy draws large audience
  • Spanish Language DVD Series Teaches Immigrants Daily Survival Skills
  • Land Use Planning Notebook Updated
  • Landscape Architecture Project Focuses on Community Trail Use and Physical Activity
  • Immigrants Fuel Market Demand for Goat Meat in Iowa
  • Citizenship Classes held New Iowans Become New Americans
  • Town/Craft Center in Perry Provides Key to Sustainable Future for Iowa Towns and Landscapes
  • Design Studio in Sioux City Provides New Outreach Opportunities for ISU
  • West Liberty Economic Development Partnership Provides Model for Other Iowa Communities
  • Planning Academy Attended by 113 Iowa Officials
  • Extension Staff Certified in Many Community Development Fields
  • Community Vitality Center Celebrates Five Years of Entrepreneurship
  • Sociologist Art Johnson Leaves a Legacy of Strong Communities

Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2007

  • Program Builder Offers Help for Community Development
  • New Book Shows Communities How to Achieve Results that Matter
  • GIS Short Courses Assist Planners
  • Local Housing Trust Funds help Rehabilitate Homes
  • eCommerce Workshops Offer Main Street Business Support
  • Community Visioning Program Earns National Recognition
  • Research Program Supports Economic Development in Distressed Regions
  • Southwest Iowa Businesses Benefit from Rural Development Resource Center
  • Sandra Scholl Leads Silos and Smokestacks
  • Researchers Address Impact of Ethanol Plants
  • Precinct Election Officials Receive Training and Certification
  • Extension Takes Charge of Community Reports
     
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