Abbie Gaffey, Community & Economic Development Field Specialist
Presentation from the "Expanding Our Horizons" Workshop on February 7, 2009, in Ames, Iowa. Download the presentation in PowerPoint format or as a pdf file.
Cynthia Needles Fletcher, Professor, Iowa State University
Watch and listen to Dr. Fletcher's January 2008 presentation as she expands the definition of poverty and highlights practical models of poverty reduction occurring in Iowa communities.
US Census Bureau Fact Finder: Please enter your town and Iowa. Once you get to your towns site, scroll down to Economic Characteristics (2nd to the bottom). Next scroll down to the bottom of the section – Individuals living below poverty level – then see the percentage listed in the second column. That is the number that was used to qualify your town for Horizons.
Community Data includes population and poverty statistics
Map of the 37 Horizons Communities,
Everyday Democracy is a national organization that helps local communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk and work together to solve problems.
LeadershipPlenty® is an experiential and practical tool for training emerging leaders that builds on individual experience and adult education principles. The goal is to make civic leadership training available to those who may not consider themselves leaders but have much to offer their communities and to strengthen the skills of those who hold leadership positions.
The LeadershipPlenty® curriculum consists of nine modules that address primary civic skills that enable graduates to confidently identify problems in their communities and implement a plan of action to combat those problems. LeadershipPlenty® is created by The Pew Partnership for Civic Change, a civic research organization that provides consulting and program support to communities, governments, foundations, and nonprofit agencies.