Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 26, 2016

Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on a Tasting Iowa Foods Tour on Saturday, June 11. The featured stops on this tour include the Des Moines Downtown Farmer’s Market, Picket Fence Creamery, Prairie Land Herbs and Plum Creek Winery.

March 29, 2016

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one.

March 7, 2016

On Monday, February 22 a group of women in agriculture gathered at Iowa Lakes Community College to network and to hear the featured speaker, FarmHer, Marji Guyler-Alaniz. 

December 30, 2015

At ISU Extension and Outreach, we work to bring you research-based education. When you attend one of our interactive childcare trainings, you know you are getting trustworthy information so that you can make informed decisions about the children in your care.

August 17, 2015

“A Resource Guide for Beginning Farmers” (LF 0006) compiles training resources on everything from soil and composting to small farm equipment and whole farm planning; including information on food safety and seed saving. It's available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

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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