All Programs Offered

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.

Communities to Community (C2C)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

The 2-year C2C program will offer bundled design, educational, business, and leadership development services related to community development. The services will be customized to promote the positive changes and outcomes that client communities desire. Potential outcomes include stabilizing downtown environments; improving citizen participation; encouraging diversity; capitalizing on small business and tourism opportunities; meeting housing needs; or achieving quality of life goals. Selected communities will work in a partnership with ISU faculty, staff, and students.

Community Design Program
Iowa Architectural Foundation

Provides urban planning and design assistance to communities through a participatory public decision-making process that brings organizational representatives, community officials and concerned citizens together with professional designers. Process culminates in an intensive visioning workshop or “charrette” to help all parties visualize the possibilities suggested by community development initiatives.

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.

Check this website for more information:
http://www.gpidea.org/index.html

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.

Community Voices
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Series of educational meetings aimed to enhance civic understanding and leadership skills of newly arrived immigrants to Iowa. New residents plan the program’s content and program is delivered in participants’ native language with translation to English. Opens a dialogue between new residents and established community leaders, helps participants connect with other new residents and gain knowledge and confidence to take part in community, school and government activities.

keywords:  Latino, Hispanic, immigrant

Consulting and Facilitation services
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

Field Specialists are available for consulting, technical assistance, tailored training, planning, and organizational development services.

Topics and issues include economic development, local government, community planning, tourism, grant writing, nonprofit management, Latino community and business development, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and housing.

Products available include:

  • Strategic Planning or Organizational Goal--Setting Establish an organizational or community vision and set priorities by engaging key stakeholders in a structured process.
  • Consultation and Technical Assistance-- Specialists work directly with an organization on a problem or issue to provide advice, research, information, and assistance in developing solutions.
  • Board Development-- Training boards of directors to understand their roles and responsibilities in the governance of organizations.
  •  Training Sessions --A variety of tailored training can include professional development presentations, team-building, or one-time workshops on special topics of interest.
  • Facilitation--Group processes and tools are used to help organizations resolve conflicts, organize new community groups, develop partnerships and collaborations, enhance community participation, or strengthen existing group structures.

County Bioeconomy Assessment
Department of Community and Regional Planning

Expansion of the bioeconomy has the potential to benefit rural communities. However, there are also negative impacts of the bioeconomy. To maximize the positive impacts and minimize the negative impacts of the bioeconomy, it is important to assess the current conditions important for bioeconomic growth, and consider the opinions and preferences of rural residents who would be affected by it. This program will identify the potential impacts of the bioeconomy and make recommendations for growth based on a feedstock assessment, transportation infrastructure analysis, and community survey.

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.

Designing for an Elder Friendly Community
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Design

This program will facilitate communities in visioning, strategizing and marketing themselves as an attractive place to retire. It will involve planning at the level of the region and community, neighborhood and downtown as well as at the concept design scale of public realm improvements.

Developing Dynamic Leaders
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Sociology

Features of this program include networking and a connection to local issues and opportunities, group or individual work around a real project if they choose, and a strong emphasis on personal skills development.

keywords:  leadership, community, volunteer, management

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

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 Diagnostics
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

This program is designed to assist agencies that are willing to improve the way GIS is being used in their environment. The technology has an enormous capacity to perform spatial analysis, and most of the time, it is underutilized. The main goal of this program is to elaborate a GIS Diagnostics for agencies, subscribing strategies, based on their needs, to incorporate spatial analysis in their daily routine. A step-by-step strategic plan will be developed for the agency with the goal to maximize the use of the technology to improve some of their daily tasks.

GIS Group Short Courses
College of Design

One and two day courses for groups of 6 to 12 participants covering basics of ArcGIS 10.X and extensions, geodatabase construction, CommunityViz, and 3D integration with SketchUp. Hands-on experience. Continuing education units available.

keywords:  training, mapping, GIS, GPS

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.

Grantwriting Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach

A grantwriting workshop 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.  We recommend participants have familiarity with using an internet browser.

Introduction to Plan and Zoning workshops (on-request workshops)
College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program will be delivered on request to cities, counties, or other groups. It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials. Topics include the comprehensive plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment in land use decision-making.

Introduction to Planning & Zoning workshops
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

This three-hour program is held in eight locations annually every spring.  It is designed to introduce the basic concepts of planning and zoning to local officials.  Topics include the comprehensive plan, the zoning and subdivision ordinances, and the roles of elected councils and boards, the planning commission and the board of adjustment in land use decision-making.

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.  

keywords:  census, data, demographics, employment, population, statistics, trends

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Iowa Municipal Finance Officers, Office of State and Local Government Programs

Begun in 1975 the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Academy (originally known as the Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy) provides educational credit toward certification by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and/or the two certifications offered by the Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association (IMFOA).  The Institute provides courses that help city clerks, finance officers and administrators achieve their certification while the Academy provides courses primarily to help maintain certifications.

Iowa Retail Initiative: Retail Trade Update
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Agriculture Experiment Station, Department of Economics

Each year the Iowa Retail Trade Analysis reports are updated for Iowa cities and counties. The Retail Trade Update program will summarize trends in retail trade and current retail topics being discussed by Iowa retailers.

Iowa State University Community Design Lab
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Design

We believe that communities can be made more resilient with good design.  We partner with community leaders, non-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout the State of Iowa, using design knowledge and research expertise to help shape vibrant and empowered communities. We assist with projects related to health and wellness, community revitalization, and infrastructure and prototypes. 

Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications (SUDAS) Program
Institute for Transportation

SUDAS is the statewide standard for design and construction of all types of common urban public works improvements (generally, those found in the street rights-of-way) in the State of Iowa. The program primarily consists of the maintenance and improvement of two manuals, design and specifications. These manuals are used to provide uniform design guidelines for engineers and construction specifications for contractors.

Iowa Traffic Safety Data Service (ITSDS)
Institute for Transportation

ITSDS provides agencies with the most readily available crash data analysis resources in Iowa. It was created to fill the gap between what safety data users can gather for themselves and what they can obtain from experts. ITSDS uses the latest in geographic information systems technology developed by the Iowa DOT. Using the data and analyses provided by ITSDS, agencies can help reduce the number of crashes in their jurisdictions.

Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program
Iowa Department of Transportation, Department of Landscape Architecture, Trees Forever

Provides professional landscape planning and design services to rural Iowa communities with populations under 10,000. Communities learn to employ participatory decision-making processes and implementation strategies, and each community receives a conceptual design plan that can be used to implement landscape and transportation enhancements. Past projects include transportation corridor enhancements, community signage, downtown streetscape improvements, recreational trail development, etc. Collaborating partners include Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture, Trees Forever.


Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP)
Institute for Transportation

The goal of LTAP is to share new research and updated information with local transportation agencies and help them in their daily transportation operations. The Iowa LTAP efforts include a quarterly technology newsletter, transportation lending library, training workshops, and individualized technical assistance. Iowa LTAP is a key venue for disseminating and implementing transportation research and best practices operations. Many research projects become topics for technical and/or newsletter articles, workshop and seminar presentations, and library reference materials.

Monitoring Recreational Trail Use
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Department of Landscape Architecture

In order to make more informed decisions regarding developing new recreational trails or materials to promote trail use it is useful to know what trails are currently used most often, what time of day they are used and if there are any trails that are underutilized. To answer these questions, trail use monitors can be installed to count the number of users over a given period of time. This program is designed to provide assistance and equipment necessary to collect this information.

Municipal Clerks’ Course: Advanced Accounting (Accrual Accounting)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

For those with accounting experience but new to the municipal arena, or current staff trying to improve your accounting skills, this new offering is available for the first time.  Advanced Accounting- Accrual is a two day course for training those required to do accrual and year end conversions in preparation for the annual audit.  For more information on the course, registration, and local accommodations see the website: https://service.iowaleague.org/ISUAcct/

Municipal Clerks’ Course: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

This one-day class targets those cities that prepare or are interested in preparing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, including all of the requirements for the GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting program.   (These courses are eligible for IMFOA or IAMU certification credit).

For more information on the course, registration,  and local accommodations see the website: https://service.iowaleague.org/ISUAcct/

Nonprofit Management Academy
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, College of Design

This ten-session series is designed to provide career-enhancing workshops to equip nonprofit professionals with skills to more effectively manage their organizations or specific programs. The classes chosen will be selected by the local staff.


Class participants will develop stronger nonprofit skills through information shared in classes and networking opportunities.



PLaCE (Partnering Landscape and Community Enhancement)
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design

Provides assistance to create concept plan aimed at enhancing and promoting quality and character of a landscape or community. Past projects include historic preservation feasibility studies; housing needs assessments; development of downtown revitalization plans, city and county comprehensive plans, park and trail master plans, etc.

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.

Safety Circuit Rider
Institute for Transportation

Iowa''s Safety Circuit Rider program deals primarily with highway safety related issues such as temporary traffic control for work zones, flagger training, permanent traffic signing and pavement markings, roadside safety and other related issues. Workshops, studies, and advice on these topics can be provided upon request.

Special Topics Workshops
Institute for Design Research and Outreach, College of Design, Department of Community and Regional Planning

These two- to three-hour programs will be offered as evening programs on request.  The host city or county and Mr. Taylor will agree on the topic in advance.  Popular topics are annexation, the Iowa Smart Planning Act, extraterritorial zoning and subdivision controls, the roles of the elected body, planning commission and zoning board of adjustment, current hot topics in planning law, and innovative planning practices.

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.

Targeted Industrial Development and Research
College of Agriculture, Department of Economics

This is a regional industrial and economic research service designed to help multi-county groups understand the structure of their shared regional economy and which elements of their regional economy are strong, stable, declining, or emerging.

Township Trustee and Clerk Training
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

Two-hour workshop covering legal responsibilities of township trustees and clerks with primary focus on fire and emergency management, cemetery management, and fence law.  A new manual, revised in 2013, is now available and covers compliance with the 2011 open meetings and records laws, the 2005 cemetery laws, and other changes in reporting and record keeping.

Urban Growth Assessment
Department of Community and Regional Planning

As cities continue to expand, it is important to examine patterns of urban growth to determine if they are developing in the most compact and efficient manner. This program will use geographic information systems (GIS) to asses a city’s growth based on seven spatial measures. The result of these spatial analyses will be used to make recommendations for future growth, land use, and zoning, with the goal of protecting farmland, avoiding leap-frog development, and promoting infill development.