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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 3


AMES, Iowa -- Throughout Iowa, ISU Extension supports economic growth and works to improve quality of life by encouraging business development, helping to create jobs and expanding entrepreneurial activity, according to Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach.

Gary Hall, regional extension education director in Region 3, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include several Homeward Housing Trust Fund activities where one-on-one consultations and program development assistance have helped the regional trust fund get established.

ISU Extension also has shown that for every $1 spent on the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth ages 10-14 program, $9.60 has been saved in all aspects of dealing with teen substance abuse. There is a lower need for the court system and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.

For more information about ISU Extension’s economic development statewide efforts, see www.extension.iastate.edu/AED/ for a sampling of projects in each county.


About 17 projects have been reported for five counties in ISU Extension Region 3, including the following:


  • Homeward Housing Trust Fund
  • Fair Beautification Project
  • Worth County Asset Team
  • Farm Safety Education Provided to Worth County Youth
  • Parenting Fair Educates Parents and Children
  • Iowa Living Roadway Grant Supports Plantings at Northwood
  • Leadership Program Assists 4-H Youth Development


  • Homeward Housing Trust Fund
  • Market Outlook Program Boosts Farm Economy

Cerro Gordo

  • Program Building Training
  • Free tax preparation help – VITA site
  • North Iowa Strip Tillage Expo


  • Rockford Afterschool Program for At-risk Kids
  • Iowa Living Roadway (ILR) Community Visioning in Charles City


  • Programs for Youths Reach 646 in Hampton
  • Substance Abuse Prevention
  • Homeward Housing Trust Fund

Contacts :

Jack Payne, vice president for extension and outreach, jpayne@iastate.edu, (515) 294-4603

Gary Hall, regional extension education director, garyhall@iastate.edu, (641) 425-3116

Jacy Johnson, extension strategic relations manager, jacyjohn@iastate.edu, (515) 294-5672