Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 25, 2017

The Pocahontas County Master Gardeners will be hosting their 11th Annual Garden Extravaganza on April 7 & 8, 2017 at the Expo Center located at the Pocahontas Fairgrounds. We will feature experts sharing their gardening expertise, businesses with the latest in garden varieties, tips, and educational handouts. Many of the exhibitors will have merchandise for sale. Informational presentations will be held at 9:15am and 10:30am in the Fair Office. There will be drawings for door prizes. The Pocahontas Garden Club will serve coffee and rolls at 9:00am for a nominal charge. Lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:30pm for nominal charge.  Come join us for a day of learning, excitement, and fun on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5:00pm-7:00pm or Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00am – 1:30pm.

February 23, 2017

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

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 9:00-11:00 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.

February 23, 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.

February 10, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program has announced its 2017 Growing Together mini-grant awardees. The 14 chosen projects will receive a combined $70,000 in grant money through the SNAP-Education program.


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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