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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 13


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.

Craig Hertel, regional extension education director in Region 13, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include the Adventure Learning Center, a leadership development program for youth and adults that has 20 facilitators providing training in leadership, teamwork and success.

ISU Extension also provided support for Latino entrepreneurs in Dallas County, including information on preparing taxes, lowering expenses and applying for grants and programs of interest.

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 15 projects have been reported for three counties in ISU Extension Region 13, including the following:


  • Partnering in Communities (PIC) – Perry
  • Latino Business Network – Perry
  • Dallas County Housing Trust Fund
  • TownCraft Center Strengthens Small Towns
  • Perry LINK
  • Growing Food for Profit


  • Food Pantry Research and Outreach
  • Polk County Housing Trust Fund
  • Polk City Elder Friendly Community Design
  • Therapeutic Garden at Mercy Hospital, Des Moines
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Adventure Learning Center


  • Election Official Training
  • Salem Court Community Service Project - Indianola
  • Annie’s Project – National Curriculum

Contacts :

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

Craig Hertel, Region 13 extension education director, chertel@iastate.edu, (515) 993-4281

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