Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
March 15, 2019

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2019 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

Now Hiring Sign
February 8, 2019

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 Clay County Youth Fair preparation as part of the 4-H Youth Development Program in Clay County to improve the effectiveness and efficient delivery of programming to the citizens and youth of Clay County.

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts Flyer
January 7, 2019

Join us on Monday, February 4th from 4:00-5:30pm at Spencer Hospital for OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts Workshop.  This free event is hosted by Spencer Hospital in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clay County. OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts, helps participants understand the impact of stereotypes and biased statements, identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes.

Master Gardener in Garden
July 12, 2018

The 2018 Master Gardener Training will offer a new flipped classroom model, which will allow for increased hands-on experiences.  Classes will be offered on Tuesdays from 6-8pm in Mid-August until Early November. Along with an all-day workshop in Ames on November 3.

January 6, 2017

The Iowa Space Grant Consortium has announced its partner schools for the 2017 ISGC Academy. The Consortium will work with ten Iowa educators for two days during a NASA workshop at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

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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