Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Several students look happy about lunch in school.
February 25, 2019

Who doesn't want our students to eat fresh, local food in schools?  The argument most often heard against it is that local food is too expensive.  But we found from the hard work going on at the Boone Community School District that this is not always the case.

Front porch with containers of flowers.
August 14, 2018

People move to Boone and people leave - why?  Is it just about the job opportunities or are there other reasons?  Are there things Boone can do to help recruit new residents?  Once they are here, what might help them stay?  These questions and others will be addressed in a program, Marketing Hometown America, which will be offered this fall in Boone.

May 11, 2018

The ISU Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal in collaboration with UTuRN has released new Health Profiles for each of Iowa's 99 counties. . A wide range of health data and information at the County level is included to help residents, health providers, and policy makers understand the health situations and health needs of residents.

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.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

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