Community Development

Community and Economic Development specialists work with county Extension offices, community organizations, local governments, and others to deliver programming in our areas of expertise:  

  • Civic Engagement and Leadership, 
  • Local Governments and Housing, 
  • Small Business Assistance, 
  • Community Food Systems, and 
  • Data and Technology.

ISU Extension CED plays an important role in providing research-based information and resources to sustain communities into the future.  Our people and programs work with communities--aligning all efforts with the goals of maximizing diversity and inclusivity. 

Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

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.

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Viticulture

Get information about Iowa's vineyard industry.

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Iowa Community Indicators Program (ICIP)

ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

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Retail Trade Analysis

Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

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Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

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Data for Decision Maker Series

Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

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Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Iowa SBDC conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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Community Websites

Cass County Schools

Libraries

 

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Cy Mascot holding ISU Extension Sign

 

Happy Extension Week! Cy is checking out all the community links and data available from our Community and Economic Development Partners! Click on a + to the left and learn something new about one of our local communities!