Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

April 17, 2017

How can I be sure my retirement funds will last my lifetime?  This important question will be addressed in an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach workshop on May 30 and 31 from 6-8 pm at Estherville Public Library’s Community Room.

February 22, 2017

Steve Johnson, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist will be the speaker at Women, Land and Legacy event held on March 23. This event is titled, “Developing Strategies and Tools: Building a Crop Marketing Plan.” 

February 2, 2017
Childcare Provider Trainings are educational  opportunities for local childcare providers to    engage in group-based learning. At Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, we facilitate engaging and dynamic classes with research-based information you can trust. 
February 2, 2017

Women Managing Crops is a four week session course designed for women of all ages and experience levels who want to know more about key agronomic decisions for corn and soybean production the sessions take a seasonal approach and cover decision making for pre-planting, the growing phase and harvest.

This program will be held on Tuesday’s from 9 am to noon starting March 21 and continuing until April 11 at Immaculate Conception Parish Center at 305 North Cameron Street in Graettinger. A light meal will be served at noon. The registration fee is $50. 
February 2, 2017
The Downsizing for Senior Living program will be an opportunity for individual to learn about the “Top Ten Tips for Downsizing.” This free program will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 2 pm at Windsor Manor 2015 3rd Ave. North in Estherville and is free for all participants. 
 
Part Two of Downsizing for Senior Living will be held on Thursday, April 20 at 2 pm at Windsor Manor. This free session will focus on downsizing paperwork and files. 

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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