Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

July 21, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Plymouth County and USDA Rural Development will be partnering to offer a Solar Energy Conference on September 2, 2015, at the Le Mars Convention Center from 9:30 am until 3 pm.

June 25, 2015

Informational Workshops Offered Across Northwest Iowa from July 23 through July 3. 

Thursday, July 23  -   Le Mars  - 6:30pm: LeMars Convention Center Lower Level

June 16, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) Plymouth County, USDA Rural Development, and the Iowa Energy Center will be partnering for a Solar Energy Conference on September 2, 2015 at the Plymouth County Extension Office located in the upper level of the Le Mars Convention Center.

March 3, 2014

Stronger families, increased family financial capacity, economic development in communities and youth who are productive citizens, effective leaders, and literate and prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – Iowans identified these as priority community needs that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach should address with educational efforts.

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.

  • Program Builder is a tool where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

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

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

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

  • 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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