Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Farmland Leasing Logo
July 1, 2014

Landowners, tenants and other agri-business professionals with an interest in farmland ownership, management and leasing agreements should plan to attend one of more than 50 farmland leasing meetings scheduled for July and August. The workshops are facilitated by Iowa State University Extension farm management specialists and held all across the state.

June 25, 2014

Entries are in and the countdown begins to the 2014 Dickinson County Fair. Here's a quick place to stop and find a fair rule book, schedule, goal cards and more!  Good Luck to all of our exhibitors! And Thank You to the many volunteers that help make the best better for Dickinson County Youth!

  • Dickinson County Fair dates are July 19-24 with static judging on the afternoon of Monday, July 14th. 
  • Fair Rule Book
  • Fair Schedule
  • Goal Cards, and more.... read on
     
Camp Brochure Cover
April 27, 2014

There's still time to register! Our summer camp brochure is complete with something STEM-ulating for everyone (4-H Members & Friends Too)! The theme this summer is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Come learn the "STEM" in...  Outdoor Adventures, Taxidermy, Hospital Science, Vet Science, Shooting Sports, Wind Energy, Ethanol Energy, and more!  Check out our STEM-ulateYour Summer Camp Brochure and Registration Form for more details.

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. 

February 28, 2014

Are you in 6th - 8th grade? Do you have an interest in possibly developing your hobbies into a business? If so, come check out this summer Entrepreneurship Academy. It runs from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on July 7-11 at ILCC in Spencer. Cost is $49 with scholarships available, as well as transportation to Spencer.

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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