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ISU Extension Helps Iowans Develop Sustainable Communities

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This article is from the ISU Extension 2005 Annual Report.


ISU Extension is assisting Iowans in their search for understanding and answers leading to productive, healthy and sustainable communities. ISU Extension Community and Economic Development focuses on community visioning, governance and economic development.


  • ISU Extension is developing an online clearinghouse for Iowa economic development services. Local practitioners will be able to use the Web site to locate services and build online contracts with service providers. The virtual clearinghouse will provide easy access to training, technicians and services to address local needs.
  • 1,400 individuals participated in the ISU Nonprofit Management Academy. ISU Extension provides the academy in collaboration with entities across the state, including the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. Managers gain cost-effective and time-efficient training so they can better run Iowa’s nonprofit organizations.
  • Extension conducted 283 technology transfer and economic development projects in 241 communities and 80 counties in Iowa. Projects included planning and zoning training workshops and technical assistance; GIS short courses and assistance in interior redesign and accessibility issues.
  • Extension’s Community Vitality Center (CVC) funds community-initiated projects and provides research-based information and best practices to Iowa community leaders. For example, Carroll County Extension received a $10,000 CVC challenge grant to work with area leaders and entrepreneurs in organizing an entrepreneurs network. The initial meeting attracted 27 entrepreneurs who are starting new businesses or serving as mentors.


See ISU Extension’s 2005 Annual Report for more examples of how ISU Extension is advancing Iowa’s economic vitality and improving quality of life. Learn more about ISU Extension Community and Economic Development.



Contacts :

Laura Sternweis, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu