Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 17, 2016

During June Dairy Month, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering several educational opportunities across the state to learn about dairy farming first-hand.

May 12, 2016

Iowa State University faculty in food science and human nutrition are taking their research show on the road this month to four locations in Iowa. They’ll be talking about new trends in nutrition and wellness and sharing the latest research from the university.

May 11, 2016

With spring’s arrival, fruit trees are blooming across home landscapes, as their owners hope for a tasty harvest. However, pests that afflict them can throw a wrench into those plans.

May 10, 2016

Gary Wright, an Iowa State alumnus with extensive experience in agricultural finance and production, has joined the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach team as a farm management specialist.

May 9, 2016

For the third consecutive year rental rates for Iowa farmland declined, according to results from the 2016 Cash Rental Rates for Iowa Survey conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.


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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