Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

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May 3, 2016

This workshop is designed for representatives of non-profits, local government, and school districts. Participants are asked to bring a laptop, iPad or tablet device, if possible. Training is from 1-4 PM at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. Cost is $25 per person and registrations are due May 31. See the Grant Writing Flyer for complete details or give the office at call at 712-336-3488.

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May 1, 2016

Get your team together and join the fun! The Lloyd Victors 4-H Club is sponsoring a Human Foosball Tournament from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16th during the Dickinson County Fair. They are taking registrations now for 6-person teams. No cost to register. Trophy for the Championship Team. See the Human Foosball Tournament Flier and Registration Form for details.

5K Announcement
May 1, 2016

The Dickinson County Youth Council is sponoring a 5K Glow Walk/Run on Sunday, July 17th at 8:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Spirit Lake. Cost is $10 if pre-registered by July 1st or $15 if later. T-shirts, glow sticks, and water guaranteed for all pre-registered. Prizes for each age division. Bring the family & friends and have some fun! Check out the 5K Flier for details and 5K Registration Form to register now.

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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.

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February 12, 2016

Our hometown hero and Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, is awarded the Outstanding 4-H Alum Award at the 2016 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. Hear his wonderful remarks about the 4-H Program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llsWP6q1oRA

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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