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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 8


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.

Rich Wrage, regional extension education director in Region 8, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include the Alden Horizons Project, where residents developed a community newsletter, expanded the food pantry and meals on wheels program, and initiated a community beautification project.

ISU Extension also helped farmers in Marshall County.  Participants reported that workshop information was helpful for developing conservation and nutrient management plans for their clients.

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 12 projects have been reported for four counties in ISU Extension Region 8, including the following:


  • Hail Storm Response
  • Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Inc.
  • Alden Horizons Project


  • Woodward Trail User Assessment
  • Boone Area Leadership Program


  • Iowa Living Roadways (ILR) Community Visioning in Slater
  • Transportation Plan – Story City
  • Aspen House – Ames
  • Money Management Mentor Training


  • Farmers Save on Nutrient Management Plans
  • Midwest Center for Entrepreneurial Agriculture
  • Region 6 Housing Trust Fund Inc.

Contacts :

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

Rich Wrage, Region 8 extension education director, rwrage@iastate.edu (641) 752-1551

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