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February 5, 2021

Know a family with a 3- or 4-year-old child wanting a preschool experience? Applications are now available for families in Black Hawk County. Funding will not begin until July 1, but it's fine to apply now. Families must be at or below 200% of poverty. Families who qualify for head start must attend head start unless they are full.


Any preschool program that is licensed and is willing to be on Iowa's Quality Rating System at any level can participate. Programs can return the Program Guidelines Form anytime between now and July 1, 2021.


The forms are attached and can also be found on our website at

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June 25, 2015

The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa is awarding 41 grants totaling $466,095.50 to local nonprofits and government entities for community projects. Read more...

January 25, 2015

The Eastside Ministerial Alliance will be providing free tax preparation and e-filing for low-moderate income families during the month of February and March.  
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Statewide Resources

  • 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.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • ICIP 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.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

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

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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