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May 15, 2020

Businesses across the state are trying new and innovative strategies to remain open and continue to serve Iowans. Farms and food businesses are also stepping up to meet the demand for local food products. Many farmers markets are moving to online sales and virtual options to continue to support customers and vendors in this trying time (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development (FFED); 2020).

May 13, 2020

Iowa’s retailers have had to quickly make changes to their businesses and adapt to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. Across Iowa independent retailers instantly went from their doors being open to many of their doors closing, without ways to connect with customers or run their business as usual.  

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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

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