Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

December 2, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowans faced a childcare crisis. Data shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households with children under six where all parents work outside the home (75 percent). Even more startling, childcare issues cost the state’s economy an estimated $935 million a year in lost taxes and employee absences, and turnover. Listen to Podcasts here.
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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” (https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ffed/enterprise-development/) 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, melissa.tate@uni.edu or Marisol Monroy 319-230-6805, monroym@uni.edu

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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