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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 15


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.

Gene Mohling, regional extension education director in Region 15, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include grants from the Iowa Living Roadway trust fund for community planning and beautification and small business development and tourism programs.

ISU Extension also has helped Latino entrepreneurs in this southeast Iowa region by publishing a free Spanish language newsletter, Negocio Latino (Latino Business).

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.


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


  • Marengo Receives $240,000 Grant for Downtown Revitalization
  • Iowa County Economic Development Commission Organized


  • Grants Provide Improvements at Entrances to Solon
  • Nonprofit Management Academy Offers Leadership Training


  • Small Business Program Aids Keokuk County Enterprises
  • Tourism Training Offered to Keokuk County Leaders
  • Small Business Development is Goal of Keokuk County Programs


  • Barn Quilt Program - Agri-Tourism
  • Horizons Project Assists Brighton in Dealing with Poverty

Contacts :

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

Gene Mohling, Region 15 extension education director, mohling@iastate.edu, (319) 337-2145

Jacy Johnson, Extension Communications and External Relations manager, jacyjohn@iastate.edu, (515) 294-5672