Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

March 14, 2017

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Pocahontas County will be offering the “LAST Chance”  Private Pesticide Safety Education Program continuing instructional course on Thursday, April 13 at 9:30 – 11:30 am. Please call to register (712) 335-3103.

March 10, 2017

Mark Your Calendars for the Pocahontas County Master Gardeners 11th Annual Garden Extravaganza on April 7, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. & April 8,  9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Expo Center located at the Pocahontas Fairgrounds. The Garden Extravaganza will feature garden plants and décor for sale, door prizes, classes, workshops, and educational handouts.

NEW this year will be a Friday Evening Session 5:00 -7:00 p.m. with wine tasting and appetizers.

On Saturday, the Pocahontas Garden Club will serve coffee and rolls at 9:00 a.m. for a nominal fee and a maid-rite lunch from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. for a small fee. Saturday presentations will be held in the Fair Office at 9:15 a.m. with Marlene Boernsen, Boernsen Bees presenting on Beekeeping and 10:30 a.m. with Kevin Fehr, Iowa Lakes Community College presenting on Pollinator Gardens.

February 27, 2017

The Barn Quilts of Pocahontas County committee are proud to share their progress throughout Pocahontas County.

February 23, 2017

All market lambs that will be exhibited at the 2017 Pocahontas County Fair must be weighed in Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds.  Please call the ISU Extension and Outreach Pocahontas County office at 712-335-3103 if you have any questions.

March 21, 2017

Celebrating the efforts of American agriculture and reminding Iowans that agriculture touches each of us is the focus behind the 2017 National Ag Day.


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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