Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

October 5, 2020

Iowa State University is offering a three-session, online short course for emerging food entrepreneurs interested in developing processed foods in Iowa. The course meets 12-4 p.m. CDT on Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4. READ MORE...

September 10, 2020

Waterloo - The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Iowa’s economy in various ways — some predictable, others not so much. Three experienced economists recently shared their observations on COVID-19 impacts on the “Back to Business Iowa” ( podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Read more...

April 10, 2019

Each year, thousands of volunteers in Iowa donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers are among the millions across the country who are being spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019.
Research conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that 30.3% of adult Americans volunteered 6.9 billion hours of service worth $167 billion in 2018. In Iowa, more than 1 million volunteers contributed 56 million hours of service. Forty-one percent (41%) of Iowans volunteer, ranking Iowa 4th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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March 4, 2019

Juntos Starts March 26, 5:30-8:00pm. Helping Latinos Youth Succeed and Pursue Higher Education! Every Tuesday March 26 thru April 30th at the YWCA!

Please Contact Melissa Tate 319-273-4780, or Marisol Monroy 319-230-6805,
October 9, 2018

• ISU Extension and Outreach Community & Economic Developement Home Page, Click Here

•Community Matters Newletters, Click Here

Brian Perry, 501-772-8988,
ISU Extension and Outreach, CED Main Office
2321 N. Loop Dr., Suite 121, Ames, IA 5001-8218

More Resources here

Program Builder Regional Capacity Analysis Program (ReCAP)

NonProfit Managment Academy (management skills for non-profit groups)

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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