Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

November 30, 2016

Parents of children ages five and under are invited to join “Family Storyteller” at the George Public Library on Thursdays starting Jan. 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Free books, home activity kits, snacks and crafts are all a part of a fun-filled, enjoyable evening. Literacy is a child's number one indicator of academic success. Work with them on their literacy skills now, and see them flourish because of it later in their academic lives. The Family Storyteller method has proven success.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
November 8, 2016

Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with a parent for a child to really open up to them. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) established in 2001 for pre-teens and their parents is desined to do just that. Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, six week program beginning Feb. 23, 2017. 

November 3, 2016

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is now accepting registrants for Annie’s Project, a program focused on empowering women in agriculture, to be held in Sibley during Feb. and March 2017. Annie’s Project is a six-session course created to guide women in making good decisions for their farm business. It will be held at the Osceola Community Hospital Education Room in Sibley beginning Thursday, Feb. 23 and continuing every Thursday through March 30. There will be a meal at 5:30 p.m. and the session will last from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

October 1, 2016

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

November 29, 2016

Simple Christmases that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible, according to Carol Ehlers, a human sciences specialist in family finance with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. In fact, she says a $10 limit per person is possible by carefully planning holiday spending. The first step to achieving a small holiday limit is to make the decision to hold down spending. 

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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