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The COVID-19 pandemic is testing Iowans’ resilience. While the virus is likely to peak later in rural states such as Iowa and receive less attention, the economy has been brought to a halt in all parts of the nation suddenly and with equal force. 

Bringing back economic activity, rebuilding social ties, and maintaining the efficiency and responsiveness of local governments will demand from everyone more than “business as usual.” 

The goals of the Community and Economic Development (CED) program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have always been to foster thriving, resilient Iowa communities and economies. Our efforts matter now more than ever. For this reason, we are temporarily shifting our quarterly newsletter, Community Matters, to a shorter format delivered monthly. Community Matters Now will highlight CED’s efforts to respond to these challenging times. 

We are working to adapt our existing programs and tools to the current reality of lives lived at home, and to research and develop new ways to assist Iowa’s local governments, businesses, and organizations as you adapt to the “new normal” of life post-pandemic. 

We want you to be aware of our efforts; more importantly, we want you to reach out to us for assistance when you read about things we are doing that may be of benefit to you. In addition to Community Matters Now we have established a webpage where you will always be able to access information about our offerings (

We are here to play a vital role in solving today’s problems and preparing Iowa’s communities for a thriving future. Let us know how we can help you!

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Gary Taylor
Program Director, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development