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


May 30, 2019

In recent years, more and more information and news come to communities, leaders, and consumers in the form of numeric or graphic data. It is essential that Iowa’s communities, leaders, and residents be able to use these data to make educated and wise decisions on critical issues and policies.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) is now offering data literacy workshops to help Iowans learn the skills needed to understand, visualize, interpret, and practice with data relevant to communities, organizations, and counties.

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May 13, 2019

Registration is now open for a statewide Guide Training workshop to be held in Mason City at the Music Man Square on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, specifically created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, nature and conservation areas, agritourism, and historic sites. The one-day workshop features interactive methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on guiding adult visitors.

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VP for Extension and Outreach Offers Funding Opportunity to Counties to Participate in Leading Communities

Counties interested in boosting their local leadership capacity now have the opportunity to do so at a reduced cost thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. 

The initiative, sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach vice president John Lawrence, is in response to listening sessions conducted in 2018 throughout the state, during which local leadership emerged as a key factor affecting communities’ ability to thrive. 

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