Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

June 8, 2017

Women, Land and Legacy Buena Vista and Pocahontas Counties Presents a Learning Session a “Crop Walk” with Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist. This Learning Session with be held at the Kahl’s and Ecker’s Farm (5647 60th Ave. Alta, IA). On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 10am. To register, please contact Holly Frerk, Program Coordinator at Pocahontas County Extension and Outreach Office at 712-335-3103 or email hfrerk@iastate.edu.

May 19, 2017

Humboldt County Extension and Outreach will be holding a Childcare Provider Training called "Menu Magic" on Monday,  June 5, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Extension and Outreach Office.

May 9, 2017

Grapes and raspberries can be grown in the back yard, with a little bit of ingenuity and work. Creating a trellis to support the plants in a home garden is within the means of most gardeners, with a little bit of effort.

May 9, 2017

Agritourism is a growing contributor to the travel and tourism sectors of the Iowa economy, with 275 farms reporting more than $4.3 million in total agritourism and recreational services income, according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture. May 7 – 13, 2017 is National Travel and Tourism Week and there are a myriad of ways to take part in agribusinesses across the state.

May 8, 2017

Iowa agricultural producers who would like to develop habitat for monarchs and pollinators by adding additional soil and water conservation practices to their land have until May 19 to sign up at their local USDA Service Center for planning and funding assistance.


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.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

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