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


September 30, 2022

AMES, Iowa – Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2023.

This award-winning program integrates technical landscape planning and design techniques with sustainable community action to assist community leaders and volunteers in making sound and meaningful decisions about the local landscape.

August 24, 2022

The Iowa State University College of Design, with support from the Office of the Vice President for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, hosted a session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) July 27–29 in Des Moines. MICD is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Featured Projects

County extension staff to deliver Marketing Hometown America

Iowans in rural communities understand that the trend of depopulation is resulting in a diminished capacity for local governments to provide services, as well as fewer volunteers who can engage in civic and local activities. While many communities have gotten quite creative with ideas to encourage newcomers, from giving away a residential lot to providing free childcare, others need help in coming up with an effective marketing plan.

Enter Marketing Hometown America. Read more.