Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 15, 2017

Check out presentations, and other resources complementing workshops and lectures given at the 2017 Tri-State Local Food Summit at Sinsinawa Mound on February 11th. 

January 31, 2017

In 2017 three farms will be providing fresh local food to eaters in Dubuque through a type of partnership called Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. In addition Iowa Food Hub (West Union, IA) will be offering a food box program containing products sourced from multiple farmers. 

January 23, 2017

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!

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. 

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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