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


August 12, 2019

Ames, IA - The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 program. Eligible communities are those with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers willing to dedicate their time and talent to the visioning process. Only communities located within one mile of a state or federal highway will be selected.

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July 17, 2019

More than 370 people from 80 communities gathered in Grinnell for the third Iowa Rural Development Summit April 10–12, 2019. The summit was hosted by the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC), a statewide alliance of public and private partners focused on rural vitality.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is a member of IRDC, and ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) program director Gary Taylor is part of the IRDC leadership team. At this year’s summit, four CED staff made presentations. 

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Featured Projects

New Readiness Assessment Gives Rural Communities the Ability to Self-assess Housing Needs

For years, ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) program staff have conducted housing needs assessments in Iowa’s communities, often in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2008 flooding in eastern Iowa and the 2011 tornado in Mapleton.

In 2019, CED created the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment, a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs.

Read more here.

Download the assessment for free here.