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ISU Extension Advances Economic Development Throughout Iowa - Region 20


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 Dodds, regional extension education director in Region 20, 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, a grant that provided for food safety training for employees and assistance to flood victims.

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 20, including the following:


  • Grants Provide for Highway, Park and Trail Plantings at Wapello
  • Flood Information Office Connects Flood Victims to ISU Extension Resources
  • Horizons Visioning Project Examines Role of Community Grocery Store


  • Park Plan Developed and Implemented in Mount Pleasant
  • $600,000 Grant Provides Food Safety Training for Employees of Meat Processor

Des Moines

  • Middletown Receives Grants for Park Improvements


  • Officials in Lee County Trained on Geographic Information Systems
  • Grant Supports Roadway Planting Near Montrose
  • Operation Releaf Results in Planting 1,800 Trees in Lee County

Contacts :

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

Robert Dodds, Region 20 extension education director, redodds@iastate.edu, (319) 385-8126

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