Economic Development

CD-DIAL (Community Development–Data Information and Analysis Laboratory)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

CD-DIAL works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capacity in these groups, especially as they collect and use information about their local population members or the constituents they serve.

We conduct surveys through mail, online and telephone surveys. We work with stakeholders from conceptualizing the survey (i.e. questionnaire development, sampling, etc.) up to report writing/presentation of the result. We work closely with the client. The team gathers and analyzes the data, writes the report, and presents the results as requested by the client.

CD-DIAL can produce mailing lists if needed.  We can perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of data as well as spatial representation of data in the form of GIS maps.

Community Development Online Master's Program
Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance

This is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional master's program that is entirely online. The program is offered by the Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance).

The Master of Community Development degree program is for community leaders, practitioners, and for those committed to people and places.  It provides the skills, information, and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change.  This degree program equips practitioners with the tools necessary to build community for the 21st century.

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Community Economic Analysis and Education Services
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture, Department of Economics

Array of community economic analyses for groups, communities, and regions with an interest in understanding their economic structure or in understanding the consequences of economic change.

Community Tourism Assessment and Recommendations for Building Success
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Through this program, the community will learn how their current tourism assets and readiness place them within today's tourism marketplace; in addition they will receive recommended steps for building tourism as a community economic tool.

The program is typically conducted as a one-day site visit to the community.  The Tourism Economic Development Specialist meets initially with a small group of key community tourism representatives to identify current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  Much of the day is spent touring existing/potential tourism sites.  The day ends with a final meeting, when recommendations are presented to the community group.

Customer Service and Hospitality Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Learn basic and advanced techniques to improve your customer service and community hospitality skill sets.

Enhancing Community Vitality
Community Vitality Center

The CVC Governance Board has adopted three primary initiatives:

*Enhancing Community Entrepreneurship in Iowa

*Improving Community Foundations and Philanthropy in Iowa

*Identifying and Analyzing Actionable Elements of the Rural Policy Differential

Exito en el Norte/Success in the U.S.
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

ÉXITO en el Norte helps both new and established Spanish-speaking residents meet the challenges of daily life in the U.S., providing critical life skills information and tools, and promoting community involvement, self-sufficiency and overall contribution to local communities across the U.S. Foreign-born residents living in the U.S. face special challenges particular to immigrants living in a new country:

1. language barrier – many adult immigrants do not learn to speak English proficiently enough to effectively communicate while living in the U.S.

2. cultural barriers – misunderstandings may often arise from differences in cultural norms and expectations

ÉXITO en el Norte empowers Spanish-speaking residents living in the U.S. to overcome barriers with a basic understanding of how to navigate daily life in the U.S., an understanding of basic rights as well as responsibilities, and tools to access locally available sources of information on each of these topics: Finances, Healthcare, Education, Taxes, Public Assistance, the Legal System and Immigration.

Fundraising: Making Cents of It
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Instruction on practical applications of strategies that identify, prospect, acquire and retain donors for capital, annual, endowment and planned giving campaigns. Participants can learn about practices that strengthen fundraising campaigns by using the mission to attract donors and motivating techniques that retain and increase giving through time. They can learn the difference between campaigns, roles activities play during them, how to manage volunteers and staff during them, what they need to have prepared prior to a launch and practice toward an artful ask from the donors. Participants leave with templates/how to’s for campaign promotional material development and management such as: newsletters, special promotions, database design, direct mail solicitations and more.

GIS: Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

New interactive technologies on the Web such as Google Maps, Google Earth or other Web 2.0 applications capable of geotagging information enables citizens to create their own personal maps of a community or specific place. Termed Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) this information can be used to by decision makers as they plan the future of a community.

Grant Writing 101 Workshop
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Grant Writing 101 provides hands-on training in identifying relevant grant opportunities and developing successful grant applications. Workshop participants will bring their organizations increased capacity to secure funding to serve their consitutents' needs.

This workshop can be offered as a 3-hour, entry-level workshop that includes exploration of various funding sources and instruction on planning and writing effective grant applications, or as a 6-hour program that includes a follow-up second session during which participants' in-progress grant applications are reviewed and critiqued.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop, iPad, or other tablet device to the workshop for hands-on exploration.

Iowa Community Indicators Program
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture, Agriculture Experiment Station, Department of Economics, Department of Sociology

Economic and demographic data and analysis for community development efforts, local needs assessments, and community benchmarking. 


Web-based information products include local retail trade analysis reports, demographic and economic indicators, industry studies, and other tools for community analysis.  Standardized data products and reports are available at no charge.  For more in-depth information needs, we offer fee-based research and technical consulting services to communities and groups.  See separate listings for Community Economic Analysis and Education Services and Targeted Industrial Development and Research.  

Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

As part of its educational outreach, the Iowa Government Finance Initiative conducts annual workshops throughout the state of Iowa. With changing demographics, state mandated laws and citizen perception on taxes, it is becoming increasingly complex and challenging to manage local government finances. The role of financial planning in the budgeting process is therefore becoming very important which has significant short and long-term implications for community and economic development.

Research on Statewide Economic Issues
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture, Department of Economics

This research focuses on industrial change, regional economies, and other important dynamics of the state''s and nation''s economic structure.

Road Scholar-- Educational Travel
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Travel with experts and study a theme or geographic region for four to seven days. No prior subject knowledge is required, only a desire for lifelong learning. Some courses stay in one city, with daily field trips and excursions. Other courses travel by chartered coach or boat from city to city, stopping at places of interest and overnight in hotels along the route.

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM)
Iowa State University Department of Statistics

Statistics in the Community (STATCOM) is a community outreach program that serves local communities throughout the nation. At Iowa State, STATCOM offers statistical advice and expertise to governmental and nonprofit groups. Students in the Department of Statistics coordinate the statistical consulting services provided through STATCOM.