Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

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.

October 21, 2015

113 Keokuk Middle School students have been taking part in Ricochet, a middle school leadership initiative created and sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Iowa 4-H.

October 9, 2015

The Lee County Leadership trainees wasted no time when meeting together for Session Two of the community based leadership program. The morning session focused on understanding community leadership and the communities within Lee County. The early afternoon found the leaders at the river for guided tours of the Amerin Power Plant, Lock 19 and the dam.

October 6, 2015

Trail enthusiasts and community leaders are invited to a free regional workshop to learn how to enhance and improve community trails. Trees Forever will host an interactive workshop to assist in improving trails on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Fort Madison.

September 21, 2015

The Lee County Leadership Program has accepted eight leadership trainees to the Class of 2016. These eight participants began their training on September 15. Lee County is the first county in Iowa to utilize this specific community-based approach to leadership development by piloting the program.

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

Lee County Economic Development

City of Fort Madison

Keokuk Chamber

City of Donnellson

City of West Point

Great River Region (Lee, Henry, Louisa & Des Moines E. D. Partnership)

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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