Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 3, 2015

Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education) consists of 5 workshops held once a week for 2-1/2 hours. Each week includes a meal or snacks and family-centered programming for middle school youth and their parents/primary caregivers.

September 3, 2015

A Two Day Essentials of ArcGIS short course

Restaurant Food safety certification course Cedar Rapids Iowa
December 24, 2014

ServSafe is a one day certification course on food safety designed for restaurants and food handlers. It will be offered in Cedar Rapids during 2015.

workplace wellness program
September 13, 2013

Check out a program we offer to do on-site for businesses to help keep their employees happy and healthy and ultimately increase the productivity.  Investing in Employee Wellness Is Good Business!

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.

  • 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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