Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

June 21, 2016

The Lee County Leadership Program is requesting applications for emerging leaders to participate in the class of 2017! Be a part of something big AND create positive change in your community! 

May 11, 2016

Janet Smith has accepted the position of regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach serving Louisa, Henry, Des Moines and Lee counties effective June 1, 2016. Smith will provide leadership to county extension councils and oversee delivery of educational programs that align with needs of the region.

March 29, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County has much to celebrate during ISU Extension and Outreach Week, March 27 through April 2.

March 22, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach is partnering with University of Illinois Extension and University of Missouri Extension to bring the Nonprofit Management Academy to the tri-state area! You are invited to participate in one or all of the 12 sessions. CEU's are available, as well as the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Iowa State University.

November 24, 2015

The Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers Confluence Region of Lee County, Iowa, Clark County, Missouri and Hancock County, IL is currently undergoing an economic development planning process funded by USDA Rural Development in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Here are some community and economic development links in Lee County & the Region.

Lee County Economic Development http://www.lcedg.com/

City of Fort Madison http://www.fortmadison.com/

Keokuk Chamber http://www.keokukchamber.com/

City of Donnellson http://www.donnellsoniowa.com/

City of West Point http://www.westpointiowa.com

Great River Region (Lee, Henry, Louisa & Des Moines E. D. Partnership) http://www.greatriverregion.com/

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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