Community Economic Development

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August 3, 2016
Register now for the Master Gardener Training offered through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach!


Complete training & volunteer internship to earn the title of Master Gardener volunteer.

Core Training Specifics:

  • Tuesday evenings, September - November, 2016
  • One, all-day training in Ames October 8 or 22nd
  • 40 hours of horticulture training & training manual
  • Taught by ISU educators and local experts

Master Gardener Training:

  • $195 fee for 40-hour training course.
  • Participants must complete a 40 hours internship upon completion of the course.
  • To maintain active status each year you must complete 10 hours of continuing education and 20 volunteer hours.

Sign up is ONLINE!! Here!!

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • 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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