Community and Economic Development

Participatory Design

The Community Design Lab engages with residents young and old in order to visualize their needs and desires.

ISU LA Students Improve ICIW's Landscape

ISU students Tim Buescher, Jacob Brouillete, and Branden Pentico begin work on employee entrance of the decompression area at the Iowa Women's Correctional Institution.

Fairfield Residents "Dig In"

Fairfield volunteers got down and dirty in honor of Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day by planting more than 100 trees at four schools. 

Community Design Studio

The Landscape Architecture Community Design Studio employs design activism to confront food uncertainty in Des Moines. During a public review of their work, students present DMARC executive director Sarai Schnucker Rice with the donations they collected. 

Latino Entrepreneurship

NBC's TODAY Show interviewed Extension CED assistant director Himar Hernandez in Ottumwa as part of a feature on growing Latino entrepreneurship in America.

Young Iowans Speak

Six ISU College of Design students captured the views and visions of young Iowans and created conceptual drawings, which they merged into a 4' by 8' mural.

IRI Iowa Retail Summit

Deborah Tootle, extension specialist and professor of sociology, presents "Making Space for Local Patronage" at the Iowa Retail Summit on June 23.

2016 IRI Retail-Scapes Studio

Senior and graduate students are working in Jefferson, Iowa, during the 2016 spring semester Retail-Scapes studio. The project is sponsored by Jefferson Matters: Main Street.

ISU Marshalltown Retail Design Student Proposal

Storefront design proposal for a business in Marshalltown, Iowa, by interior design students Cassie Cook and Ashley Goslar.

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May 11, 2017 01:10 PM

Five CED specialists earned the Excellence in Partnership to Iowans award during the 2017 ISU Extension and Outreach annual conference for an exciting new tourism training program.

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March 2, 2017 11:12 AM

Starting in March, four Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialists are doing a “tourism blitz” throughout the state of Iowa...

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December 11, 2016 10:50 PM

Extension CED’s Iowa Government Finance Initiative (IGFI) released the Fiscal Year Ending (FYE) 2015 Annual Fiscal Conditions reports for Iowa’s 99 counties.

December 9, 2016 11:36 AM

Extension CED's Geospatial Technology Program is offering a two-day Essentials of ArcGIS short course January 5-6, 2017, in Ames. 

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December 5, 2016 11:29 AM

Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2017.

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