Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

November 18, 2015

Iowa Master Gardeners will receive support to fight against hunger, poor nutrition

October 9, 2015

People who believe that nobody vacations in Iowa, that it’s just flyover country, and that even people who live here go somewhere else on vacation are wrong. Very wrong.

October 2, 2015

The Warren County Extension Council is one example of this grass roots governing body of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System.

September 25, 2015

Everyone loves local food and farmers markets, but emotions can run high when city councils discuss the merits of allowing goats, chickens and even food trucks within municipal boundaries.

September 16, 2015

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1, Level 2 and Iowa MarketReady workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in November in West Des Moines.

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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