Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 23, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community Food Systems program staff worked hard this summer to transition the Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems trainings and certifications to a virtual format.

September 10, 2020

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.

September 10, 2020

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues, and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process. Only communities located within one mile of a state or federal highway will be selected.

May 12, 2020

The health and safety of our staff, students, participants, volunteers and communities is our highest priority. On May 18, our staff will be working in the office, but will be closed to the public.  We want to continue helping and serving you as best as we can. 

Please reach us by email or call the office at 712-732-5056:
- Stacie Hewett (Office/Program Coordinator): shewett@iastate.edu
- Nichol Kleespies (4-H Youth Educator): kleespie@iastate.edu
- Kris Kohl (Ag Engineer): kkohl1@iastate.edu
- Carol Ehlers (Family Finance Specialist): xehlers@iastate.edu
- Mandi De La Cruz (Buy.Eat.Live Healthy Program Asst.): mandid@iastate.edu
March 13, 2018

One-day conference on Tuesday, April 10th sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach-Buena Vista County, the Office of Civic Engagement Buena Vista University, and SALUD! Multicultural Health Coalition of Storm Lake will share information and support.

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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