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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 16


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.

Bob Owen, regional extension education director in Region 16, 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, assistance to a firm providing flood recovery technology and assistance to the Eastern Iowa agritourism industry.

The region also trained community members to be leaders and helped others sell products online.

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 16, including the following:


  • Geographic Information Systems Short Course Training Conducted
  • Clarence Receives Economic Development Grant


  • Peafowl Production Leads to Craft Business
  • Iowa Living Roadways Grant Supports Street Project in DeWitt


  • Economic Development Partnership Leads to New Jobs, Businesses


  • Disaster Response to Damage Caused by Hailstorm, Summer 2009
  • Grants Awarded to Long Grove for Streetscape and Plantings
  • Eastern Iowa Agritourism Industry Gets Assistance from ISU Extension
  • Davenport Firm Provides Technology Used by Businesses in Flood Recovery

Contacts :

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

Bob Owen, Region 16 extension education director, bobowen@iastate.edu, (563) 263-5701 or (800) 992-0894

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