Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 4, 2016

Iowa State University students help Marshalltown retailers market their products

February 3, 2016

Thanks to a new Iowa State University Extension and Outreach data center, anyone with access to the Internet can find, use and visualize information about Iowa with ease.

January 27, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach to provide training on growing local foods

December 9, 2015

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener Program along with SNAP-Education are offering mini-grants to citizens who would like to reduce food insecurity in their communities.

November 30, 2015

Annual event explores community collaboration and food system development

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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