Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Credit Program Flyer
August 26, 2016

Would you like to get more for your money? Save for your financial goals? Get free copies of your credit report? If so, join us Wednesday, August 31st from 10:30-11:30 at the Spirit Lake Public Library. Learn how to keep your credit safe and how to improve your credit score. See the Credit Flyer for more details.

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July 20, 2016

Take part in a hands-on workshop featuring easy cooking tips and recipes using fresh garden vegetables and herbs. ISU Nutrition & Wellness Specialist, Renee Sweers, will lead cooking demonstrations and food tasting samples. Recipes and locally-grown fresh veggies are included. The program is FREE and Open To The Public. Call (712) 336-3488 to pre-register by Sept. 5th.

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July 19, 2016

This is an 8-hour food safety training for foodservice managers and workers. Participants learn current best practices related to safe food handling and cleaning and sanitizing as well as tips on how to implement essential food safety practices and create a culture of food safety. The training includes a resource workbook and concludes with a certification exam. Please click on the ServSafe Registration Form for complete details.

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July 18, 2016

We have had a number of oak tree branches and leaves brought into the office the last couple of weeks with "Woolly Tree Galls".  The galls look like dense wads of wool on the underside of leaves and are tan or pink in color. Galls are abnormal growths caused by insect bites on the leaves. In most cases, they won't harm the tree and there is no treatment. For more information on tree galls, check out this ISU Horticulture Article  http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2010/8-25/oakgalls.html

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February 12, 2016

The 2016 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey is now available on-line! This very popular publication from ISU Extension serves as a guide for individuals who hire custom work or perform custom work within our state. The survey also includes rates for renting machinery and providing other machinery operations. The custom rate charged for a service should cover the expense to own as well as operate the machinery, including fuel and the operator’s labor.

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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