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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 19


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.

Sue Henderson, regional extension education director in Region 19, said examples of projects that are having an economic impact in this area include the hiring of a community sustainability coordinator for Fairfield.  This Go Green plan has been funded for three years to create and maintain a sustainability culture; create jobs, wealth and opportunities for investment with sustainable development; and achieve sustainable community design, public policy and infrastructure.

ISU Extension also provided financial training for 60 youth in a hands-on banking activity in Wapello County.

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 24 projects have been reported for eight counties in ISU Extension Region 19, including the following:


  • Iowa Living Roadway (ILR) Community Visioning in Chariton
  • Elected officials in Chariton Use Their Horizons Training
  • Free Tax Preparation - VITA Site


  • City of Albia Strategic Plan (2008)
  • New Job Created


  • Youth Hands-on Banking
  • Diversity Training
  • New Walking Trail and Additional Staff Support
  • Diversity Study Circles
  • Diversity and Spanish Training
  • Latino business assistance - Ottumwa
  • Latino Entrepreneur Breakfast
  • Latino Business Network


  • Chautauqua Park Trail Receives $80,000 Grant
  • Fairfield and ISU Extension Partner to Hire Community Sustainability Coordinator


  • Humeston Grassroots Gallery and Coffee Shop
  • Elected officials in Allerton and Seymour Use Their Horizons Training
  • Wayne County Housing Trust Fund


  • Iowa Living Roadway (ILR) Trust Fund Community Visioning in Centerville
  • Mentoring Grant Awarded


  • Latino Business Network – Bloomfield

Van Buren

  • Keosauqua Obtains $2,310 Living Roadway Grant
  • Van Buren County Receives Great Places Designation
  • Cheesemaking Business Developed

Contacts :

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

Sue Henderson, Region 19 extension education director, hendy@iastate.edu, (641) 682-5491

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