Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

August 23, 2016

Interested in building a school garden or integrating gardening education into the core curriculum? Check out our new School Garden 101 training program for teachers, school faculty, and community volunteers to see how you can build a strong team and take the next steps towards achieving a successful educational garden!

Food shed map
August 11, 2016

After a year of local food system evaluation, members of Dubuque's Ag Urbanism Toolkit leadership team (Dubuque Eats Well) selected five priority projects to develop over the next two years with technical assistance from the ISU Community Design Lab

Know Your Farmer - Know Your Food
August 3, 2016

'Shake the hand that feeds you' this fall with the 4th Annual Driftless Farm Crawl, Farm to Table Dinner, and special back-to-school lecture with Fred Kirschenmann. An inspiring series of events to showcase local farms, local chefs, and farm-to-school programs bringing healthy food to tri-state area families! 

Community Supported Agriculture
March 28, 2016

CSA is a way for farmers and consumers to connect directly throughout the year. In early spring eaters become 'members' or 'shareholders', and in exchange recieve regular boxes full of the season's best local foods.

September 1, 2015

DUBUQUE – The emerald ash borer (EAB), a highly destructive insect of ash trees has been confirmed in Dubuque, Iowa. 

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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