Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

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

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August 28, 2017

...has been given to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank by Black Hawk County 4-Her’s since 2013!
4-Her’s start with baby chicks in early June. They care and feed them until Fair time, late July. Then they bring some to fair
to be judged, after fair they are taken for processing. Some even donate their most award winning birds!
This year was a record breaking year!  4-Her’s,  volunteers and families donated 202 Broiler Chickens 
after the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA fair to be processed and delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank…. 
totaling 1272 POUNDS of FRESH CHICKEN MEAT, a much needed protein!
March 31, 2017

We are PROUD of our Service Interprise Certification from...

Read more... Looking for WAYS TO VOLUNTEER with Black Hawk County Extension? For more information give us a call at 319-234-6811 or e-mail Abby Rippe,

Volunteer Opportunity Alert: Dog Obedience Specialty Club Leader Needed! Read more...

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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