Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 22, 2014

Shelley Oltmans began her new position as the Executive Director for the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Specialist for Lee County Extension on May 21. Read more about Shelley and this unique dual position!

April 17, 2014

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Lee County Business Plan Competition, Jennie Hawkins, owner of Pristine Bee Apiaries!

March 24, 2014

March 23-29th is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, a time to celebrate the staff, volunteers, and supporters that help ISU Extension and Outreach reach Iowans through our educational programs. Bob Dodds, Regional Extension Education Director shares his thoughts about the evolution of Extension and what ISU Extension and Outreach means to him.

January 16, 2014

In 2013 ISU Extension and Outreach provided educational opportunities that focused on feeding our people, keeping them healthy, helping our communities prosper, and meeting local needs so Lee County can be an even better place for the next generation. Read our 2013 Stakeholder Report to learn about the impacts and outcomes.

May 17, 2013

The Lee County Extension Office is now on Facebook!  Like our page to get information on programs, links to great educational publications, and updates on what is happening with ISU Extension and Outreach in Lee County!

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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