Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Andrea Nelson accepting ISU Extension award
November 28, 2016

They were honored at a luncheon on Nov. 17

ISU Landscape design
November 15, 2016

Five lessons offered by Iowa State Department of Horticulture

Young man flipping burgers
September 7, 2016

Employment may bring additional benefits to teens and perhaps a few concerns for their parents

July 21, 2016

United Way report describes ‘Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed’ in Iowa

May 16, 2016

Registration is now open for the Iowa Retail Initiative 2016 Summit on Thursday, June 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reiman Gardens in Ames. This event is free to those who register, but space is limited.

Polk County Demographics from Census 2010

Data for Decision Makers on Population, Agriculture, Retail Trade, Employment, Families, and Older Iowans.

Town/Craft Center is a research and creative idea center that explores and advances new alternative futures for small towns, small cities and urban neighborhoods.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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