Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

January 22, 2020

Is your tax refund the financial highlight of the year? Then it is a valuable resource – one you can use to get ahead, suggests Barb Wollan, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

VITA web ad
January 16, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation and electronic filing for low to moderate income Iowans.

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January 2, 2020

As 2019 draws to a close, many Iowans are preparing for the holiday season. However, it’s also time to begin preparing for federal and state income tax season.

Iowa Concern Hotline
December 20, 2019

Narrator: When the holidays get stressful, call Iowa Concern for help, 24/7. It’s free and confidential. You can get emotional support or connect with financial or legal help. Talk to a person who cares. Call Iowa Concern at 800-447-1985.

December 20, 2019

Farmers producing value-added or non-conventional crops often ask how they could increase their chances of getting a loan from a lender. According to Dr. Craig Chase, “My answer is simple: you must think like a lender.”


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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