Student interns in the 2022 Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Young Scholars Program will present their findings for five projects via Zoom on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2023 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.
As a specialist in the Community and Economic Development (CED) program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Scott Timm has facilitated countless strategic planning processes for communities, local governments, organizations, and nonprofits to help them set a vision and a practical plan forward. But when the Oneota Community Co-op Board of Directors in Decorah, of which he is president, decided to hire a facilitator to assist in planning, Timm had the opportunity to experience strategic planning from the other side of the table—as a participant.
Each spring, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff gather for Extension Annual Conference to learn new skills, renew old friendships and create new connections, and recognize professional achievements. This year, members of the Community and Economic Development (CED) unit earned several honors.
Since the 1990s, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) and other organizations have been working with communities, organizations, and companies in Iowa to better understand demographic changes and how to adapt.
Mark Reinig recently joined the Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development (CED) unit as a full-time community development specialist. Reinig, who was previously a collaborator with CED, began his new position January 4.
Two soon-to-be Iowa State University graduates will join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Commununity and Economic Development upon receiving their diplomas in mid-May.
Registration is now open for a statewide Guide Training Workshop to be held on April 26 at the Gold Star Museum in Johnston, IA. The one-day workshop features practical tips and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on adult visitors.
Written by community arts specialist Jennifer Drinkwater, POW: A Plan of Work Template for Creative Projects presents a step-by-step approach to systematically build a project, program, or event from the ground up. This free, fillable template is tailored for creative community projects and events (digital and in real life) but can be used in any capacity.
In 2018, the Community and Economic Development (CED) unit of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach created the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA), a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs. In fall 2021, CED specialists developed a series of fact sheets that supplement RHRA, providing additional information to communities facing housing issues.
The Scaling Up Specialty Crop Processing Toolkit, available in English, Spanish, and Swahili, provides an overview of criteria for food businesses interested in processing specialty crops through value-added processing opportunities such as product development, commercial kitchens, increasing scales, and more.
The Iowa Retail Initiative’s fact sheet, “Social Media Guide for Retailers,” provides basic information for retailers who want to engage and grow their customer base through social media. Included are tips for creating social media posts, building relationships, branding and marketing, and building audience.
Representatives of nonprofits, local government, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to register for Grant Writing 101, which will be presented online by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 2.
On November 19, 2021, more than 150 people from throughout Iowa gathered in Ames to attend the Iowa’s Living Roadways (ILR) annual celebration. This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of this collaboration among the Iowa Department of Transportation, the Iowa-based nonprofit Trees Forever, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, as well as one of ILR’s first initiatives, the Community Visioning Program.
This new two-day course will explore the new, easy-to-use features in Esri’s ArcGIS Pro software suite.
Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa's Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2022.
On July 5, Lindsay Henderson returned to her alma mater as a field specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development focusing on local government and housing.
Luke Seaberg recently joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program unit as an industry extension specialist. Seaberg brings a passion for housing, planning, and sustainable economies to the role, where he will support the local housing and government team.
Mary M. Weinand has joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development team as a leadership and community development specialist. She began the position August 12.
Amanda Eggers and Omar Padilla joined ISU Extension and Outreach in March 2020 just after the global shutdown caused by the pandemic. These two exceptional people worked for the Community and Economic Development program for months before they met most of their coworkers in person.
The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program has extended the deadline for the 2022 program to Friday, October 8, 2021.
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.
Registration is now open for the fall Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI), scheduled for October 6-8, 2021, in a virtual format. The session is cosponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) and the Iowa League of Cities.
Registration is now open for statewide guide training workshops to be held at two Iowa locations. Pella will host the training on September 28 at the Pella Opera House, and Spencer will host the training on October 6 at the Clay County Regional Events Center. Both workshops are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend either location.
Businesses and tourist attractions in Mahaska and Marion Counties welcomed visitors from up to 125 miles away during the first Great Iowa Road Trip held April 30-May 1, 2021 in an effort to help revive small businesses and local economies in the area.
Like many rural communities across Iowa, the town of Keokuk was facing challenges even before the global pandemic. The Keokuk Economic Development Corporation (KEDC) volunteer nonprofit board and community partners were struggling with what their role was in community and economic development in the city, county, and region.