Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

July 18, 2014

As your parents age, you know they need assistance. Do you know where to start?

July 11, 2014

A Farmland Leasing and Land Values workshop will be held at Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative at 702 South 1st Ave. Estherville on Wednesday, July 30 at 1:30 pm.

July 11, 2014

Farm Generational Transition, "Managing for Today and Tomorrow" course for Farm Women begins August 19 in Graettinger. 

June 17, 2014

As a  child care provider, planning for your financial future is an important part of success in reaching your financial goals.  Learn how to increase your savings, understand investment principles, choose investments wisely, and plan for retirement.

June 9, 2014

On June 6, ISU Extension and Outreach Agronomist, Paul Kassel held a Hail Damage Meeting and shared this resource. 

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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