Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Smart Investing Logo
January 9, 2015

Interested in learning how to make wise investing decisions? Consider signing up for investment education courses focused on your stage in life. The Smart Investing series incorporates face-to-face “kick-off” and “wrap-up” sessions taught by ISU Extension family finance program specialist, Jan Monahan, at the Spirit Lake Public Library. In between these sessions, you work at your own pace to complete the online portion.

Image of Brochure
January 9, 2015

Do you have a financial resolution for the New Year 2015?  If so, ISU Extension can help get you on track with 3 Log On & Learn sessions at noon on the 4th Wednesday in January, February, and March. Topics include: Identity Theft, How to Improve My Credit Score, and Financial Winter Cleaning. Click on the Log on & Learn Flier for details or call the Extension Office at 712-336-3488.

Smart Choice Program Flyer
January 9, 2015

Open enrollment for health insurance closes February 15th. Will you be ready? Take advantage of a local opportunity to gain information and resources that will help you make a smart choice regarding your health insurance. This free workshop will help you understand key health insurance terms and concepts, new tax credits/financial assistance available, key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, Iowa's new Health Insurance Market, and more. Check out our Smart Choice brochure for registration details.

Photo of childcare provider and kids at play table
November 30, 2014

These workshops assist childcare providers in obtaining research-based professional development.  February 3 Topic:  Art Appreciation   March 3 Topic: What Does Time Mean to Children.  For details, click on our Winter Better Kid Care Brochure or call 712-336-3488.

Rising Star Logo
October 1, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in partnership with the colleges of Design and Human Sciences is offering a 2015 Rising Star Summer Internship experience.  The focus of the internship is on local foods. Interested students may view a youtube video from last summer's Rising Star Interns and go online to apply through CyHire https://cyhire.iastate.edu/ . Applications are due February 25th.

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.

Share |