Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 29, 2014

The Dubuque County Extension Council is seeking nominations for candidates to run in the 2014 election. There are four 4-year slots on the ballot, plus one 2-year slot to fulfill the remainder of an unexpired term.

April 4, 2014

This brochure provides an overview of nuclear power plant emergency plans for farmers, food processors, and distributors.  Free copies are available at the Dubuque County Extension Office.

April 2, 2014

Estate planning is about getting the right legal documents in place to plan for the possibility of mental incapacity and inevitable death. Learn all about the essential estate planning documents, including Last Will and Testaments, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, and more at these introductory seminars.  Presented by First Community Trust. Hosted by Dubuque County Extension.

Charles Smith's wife Jane accepts the Friend of Extension Award on his behalf.
March 26, 2014

Each year during Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week the Dubuque County Extension Council selects an outstanding member of the community to receive the Friend of Extension Award. This year’s honor has been awarded posthumously to Charles Smith, a life-long 4-H member and Extension Council volunteer.  Mr. Smith passed away unexpectedly while doing chores on January 22, 2014. Click the link for the full story about this amazing volunteer.

hoop house at Tree of Life CSA
November 26, 2013

Keeping our food dollars local is good for the Tri-States.  This new report shows the how producers, consumers and institutions committed to "buying local" can improve the economy for everyone.

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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