Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 9, 2016

Early Childhood Professionals are invited to join us for any or all of our online training sessions taking place from September through May. Classes are interactive and fun! Explore important topics that help you provide great care to the children in your center or home! Each training session is suitable for all training levels and provides each participant with 1.5 hours of continuing education for DHS. Please note - Online trainings do count as group setting credit because of the high level of group interactions. 

February 2, 2012

Clippings is a weekly newsletter from ISU Extension and Outreach featuring research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists serving Northwest Iowa. 

September 28, 2016

Gain tools and resources to help others define their financial goals, use credit wisely, manage debt effectively and access appropriate community resources with the “Your Money, Your Goals” toolkit from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 at Iowa Lakes Community College (Room 114) in Spencer. Course registration ends Friday, Dec. 12, 2016.

August 30, 2016

Beth Bunkers, O’Brien County Program Assistant with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach, was recently named to the Northwest Iowa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Advisory Board, a segment of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership of educators, companies, Iowa students and families working to address policies and programs designed to improve Iowa’s educational system, with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

April 6, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach O’Brien County recently checked in with Sheldon-area businesses that took part in an extension-funded ISU College of Design entrepreneurial and design project last fall. Through this program, students were paired up with Sheldon-area businesses. There were actually two separate projects which were completed – a small business consulting project and a downtown revitalization project. 

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Nonprofit Management Academies enhance the management skills of those serving nonprofit sector.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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