Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Childcare Image with Painted Hands
February 9, 2016

Monday night's Child Care Provider Training Class has been rescheduled to Monday, February 22nd from 6-8 PM in the Dickinson County Community Building. The topic is "Move For Thought" and Family Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, Renee Sweers with present ideas on how to incorporate physical fitness activities into your daily childcare routines. Space is still available, call 712-336-3488 for details/registration.

Childcare Flier
January 8, 2016

Attention Area Childcare Providers (and interested families)... Our winter and spring educational program series is focused on nutrition and wellness. The series is group-based and tons of fun! Join us for all four classes or just one. We're exploring topics of large motor (physical) activites, spending smart and eating smart, linking literacy with food, and gardening with children. 2 CEU's available at each session. Cost is only $15 per participant/session. Check out our Childcare Provider Brochure for details and registration information or give us a call at 712-336-3488.

FarmHer Event Flier
January 7, 2016

Explore the perception society has of agriculture and the role images and numbers play in that. Share specifics on what we can all easily do to update the image of agriculture and discuss what is being done to better count women in ag. The speaker for this event is Marji Guyler-Alaniz. The event is February 22, from 6-8 pm at Iowa Lakes Community College Cafeteria in Emmetsburg.

Image of Iowa Map and Farmland Rates by County
November 30, 2015

Average Iowa farmland value is now estimated to be $7,633 per acre — having dropped in value for the second consecutive year. Per acre value declined $310, or 3.9 percent, since last year’s survey.

Iowa Map
February 28, 2015

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.
 

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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