Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Food Produce Photo
August 18, 2014

In Iowa, local food is fun, but it also is a vehicle for rural economic development, as four new videos from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach show.

Photo of Fair Fun with the ducks
July 30, 2014

Be sure to check out our Facebook Page at "ISU Extension and Outreach Dickinson County" for hundreds of pictures from the county fair.  Congratulations to all of the exhibitors and thank you to the many volunteers that helped make the fair a huge success! 

Photo of Check Presentation
April 26, 2014

MaxYield Cooperative presented Dickinson Country Extension and Outreach with a contribution of $4,870  that will help support youth enrollment and participation in 4-H programs. Dickinson County has the second largest 4-H enrollment in the state with 487 members, second only to Polk County. 

Iowa Map
February 28, 2014

In a statewide needs assessment survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach at the end of 2013, Iowans identified priority community needs that ISU Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.
 

Photo of food cans on shelves
February 11, 2014

Do you know what item is most prevalent in Iowa landfills? FOOD! According to the Iowa Food Waste Reduction Project, almost 14% of all municipally-landfilled waste is food waste making it the #1 most prevalent disposed material. Read on for tips on what to do to help reduce food waste....
 

Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • 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.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

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

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • 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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