Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

April 20, 2021

Food systems practitioners nationwide can ramp up their skills by enrolling in Community Food Systems training and certification, offered entirely online by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food and Enterprise Development Program. The training includes both live virtual discussions and pre-recorded online learning modules. The next class cohort begins June 3 and runs through Dec. 16. Some scholarships are available. May 28 is the deadline to register and apply for a scholarship.

April 20, 2021

Emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Fremont, Lyon and Wright counties for the first time. This invasive insect has now been found in 80 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

February 24, 2021

Emerald ash borer has been detected in Cherokee County for the first time. The discovery was made after City of Aurelia workers noticed telltale S-shaped tunneling under the bark of ash trees. This is the 77th county in the state where this invasive pest has been found.  

February 23, 2021

This spring, the public is invited to participate in the Great Iowa Road Trip, a weekend event planned to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and small towns. This special event, scheduled for April 30 and May 1, will be a coordinated, mapped tour of open doors at businesses and attractions in southern Iowa.

November 23, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowans faced a child care crisis. Data shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households with children under 6 years old where all parents work outside the home, at 75%. Even more startling, child care issues cost the state’s economy an estimated $935 million a year in lost taxes and employee absences and turnover.

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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