Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 10, 2021

Local families with preschool and elementary-aged youth are invited to participate in a family Story Walk on Saturday, March 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the South Park Mall in Spencer. The event is free to participate in and registration is not needed. Families are encouraged to visit the mall any time between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the 6th. Once they pick up a goodie bag at the front entrance, they can walk through the mall at their own pace reading an EGG-cellent story and learning about eggs and agriculture.

January 26, 2021

The Youth Program Summer Assistant supports Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with the preparation and delivery of summer educational programs. Primary responsibilities include support and coordination of K-12 youth programs, especially in relation to the Clay County Youth Fair preparation. Position is hourly, 20-30 hours per week average. Submit cover letter, resume and references by March 2nd for first review!

March 4, 2021

The application window is now open for this year’s Master Gardener training, which will be offered 100 percent online in the fall. Applicants have from March 1 through July 1 to apply. A total of 17 educational modules will be offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, on topics that include houseplants, pollinators, vegetables, and perennial flowers. Each course module includes a book chapter, lecture video, online discussion board and a quiz.

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February 12, 2021

Rural residents and those who associate with them are encouraged to partake in a webinar series called “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, March 2, 9, 16, and 23.

January 22, 2021

It’s a scary time for Iowans who are suddenly out of work and struggling to pay their bills. Many have never filed for unemployment before and are unsure how to access community assistance and resources. To help Iowans navigate this crisis, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s family finance program specialists are providing one-on-one financial conversations. Cynthia Needles Fletcher, a professor and extension specialist in human development and family studies, says financial educators are available to talk about options for revising a budget, prioritizing bills, paying down debt and connecting Iowans with community resources to stretch reduced incomes.

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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