Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

January 17, 2017

Discover how to spot early signs that a tree has been infected with Emerald Ash Borer and what trees make good replacements for Ash in our yards and community. 

December 30, 2016

Dubuque County is hosting University of Illinois Extension's Small Farms Winter Webinar Series in the county office Thursdays, January-March. 

December 21, 2016

Explore how Master Gardeners and community members can support food security. This three part series will examine measuring volunteer efforts, utilizing small garden spaces, and implementing good food safety practices. 

December 19, 2016

In 2016, the Local Foods program at ISU Extension and Outreach in Dubuque County worked to understand food security issues facing our community, and continue to build partnerships to address challenges faced by local producers and consumers.

October 21, 2016

Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dubuque County Council from a slate of six candidates at the Nov. 8 general election. 

Read the article to find out more about the candidates. 

Dubuque Top Resource Picks

Communities and Economic Development Program Builder

Program Builder is a web based marketplace where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

Program Builder provides you with the tools to construct personalized service agreements with Economic Development Service providers. Programs include services for economic development, leadership, government, governance, landscape revitalization, community visualizing, downtown restoration, parks, transportation, workshops, local government, geodatabase, nonprofit agencies, leadership and management. Click here for more info.

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • 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.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • 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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