Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/communities/

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.


City Finance 101
Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach, Office of State and Local Government Programs

City Finance 101 training is for city officials (elected and appointed) to gain a better understanding of government finance, resources, responsibilities and fraud prevention methods. This interactive session will give the participants tools to understand financial information to make better decisions about budget, projects and safeguarding the assets of your community. Participants will use the financial reports from their local jurisdiction to better understand and use the information already at their fingertips.


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 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.

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.


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


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.


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 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.  



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. 


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 please contact Cindy Kendall at the address below.


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 please contact Cindy Kendall at the address below.


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.




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.


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.