Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

October 26, 2015

This semester, Mediapolis 8th grade students have been tossing flamingos, constructing towers while blindfolded, and practicing meditation. These activities are all part of Ricochet, a 6-week middle school leadership initiative created and sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H.

September 30, 2015

The first year of the PIECES (Partners in Education, Community Educating Students) before and after-school program was met with challenges and successes.  To see the evaluation for the PIECES program click here.

September 11, 2015

A big thank you goes out to all of our supporters within the community that helped us celebrate the opening of our new SCC Satellite office in West Burlington on September 9. Check out these photos from the celebration!

September 29, 2014

Facebook users are invited to stay up-to-date with Des Moines County Extension by joining us on Facebook. We keep the link right here -- or search for Iowa State University Extension, Des Moines County


We want to promote volunteerism in Des Moines County through our Volunteer NOW! Program. Volunteers can find local non-profits in need of volunteers and pledge their hours. Click on the logo to get more information and download a pledge form! Organizations can also sign up to be included in our list of area non-profits.




Other Des Moines County Resources

Grow Greater Burlington

Great River Region

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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