• Rendering of proposed play equipment for Trestle Park in Manning
  • Young Iowans Speak Mural
  • Leading Communities activity
  • Planting in Tripoli
  • Yarn Bomb


March 23, 2020

The ISU Extension and Outreach CED unit is adjusting our services to continue to provide education and support while maintaining social distancing for the health and safety of our staff, participants, volunteers, and communities.

We are going to use our Midwest Planning BLUZ blog to post information and resources for our Iowa communities, including businesses, local governments, and other community groups.

Check out the blog here.

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ISU Extension and Outreach is canceling the statewide Guide Training workshops as we are prioritizing the health and safety of all. 

We will post future opportunities for training soon. We will be in touch with all those already registered as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

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2020 is the Time to Be Counted!

The 2020 U.S. Census is about to begin. Nationwide, April 1, 2020, is designated as Census Day and every household will receive a Census invitation. The Census is done every 10 years to count every person and housing unit in the United States.

The Census benefits you and your community because it:

Determines the funding level for many public services, grants, and community support so that Iowa and your community get their fair share of federal funding for:

  • Hospitals and health care
  • Fire and police departments
  • Schools, education, and daycare for children
  • Roads, highways, and public transportation
  • Housing assistance
  • Medicaid and child health programs
  • Job training programs

Read more here.