Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 22, 2015

Class topics will include understanding your starting point and filling out worksheets; why it’s essential to plan, talking about Wills, Durable Power of Attorney; retirement plans for caregivers and ways to continue tax deferred savings while caregiving as well as in-home care, adult day care, respite, residential and hospice care; paying for care with long term care insurance, veterans benefits, Medicare, Medigap and Medicaid; effective communication taking time and planning ahead.

September 11, 2015

Dont miss out on this FREE day of supporting local agriculture.  Visit with local farmers market vendors from 11-2 and hear presentations from Tim Laughlin about beekeeping and local honey as well as tour the Community Gardens and enjoy a meal cooked with locally bought food at The Fountain on Main in Reinbeck.  Then from 1-4 visit 3 Grundy County Farms for kids activities, farm tours, pony rides, educational presentations and more!

August 28, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Grapes are a delicious and nutritious part of any garden, but there are variables involved when properly harvesting and storing them.

Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists on how to get the most out of your grape harvest. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

August 28, 2015

Beth Marrs and Elizabeth Meimann like to say that, at AnswerLine, “if we can’t be your last call, we want to at least be your second-to-last call.”

That was the case on one unforgettable day.

One caller was self-cleaning her oven, and the process got out of control, creating flames in the oven.

“She said, 'I have a fire in my kitchen, what should I do?'" Meimann recalled. “It’s like, ‘Hang up and dial 911!'  Other people were eavesdropping (on my call),” Meimann said. “She said, ‘This is just the best service!’ We were telling her to clear everyone out of the house, go to the neighbor’s, call the fire department. On and on she went.”

August 5, 2015

AMES, Iowa – Creating a beautiful, functioning landscape depends on putting the right plant in the right place at the right time. As the seasons begin to change it’s important to think about what plants should be planted when.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists describe the correct plants and care to give for late summer and early fall plantings. To have additional questions answered, contact the ISU Hortline at 515-294-3108 or

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Center for Industrial Research and Service - CIRS

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.

  • 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.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • 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.

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