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Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning accepting applications for the 2023 program year

July 5, 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.

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Facilitator (can't) heal thyself: the strategic planning process from a participant's point of view

June 16, 2022

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.

 

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Art & design publications guidance on creative community engagement

February 23, 2022

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.

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Fact sheets and annual sentiment survey address housing needs and issues in Iowa

February 23, 2022

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.

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Toolkit offers guidance to food businesses interested in processing specialty crops

February 23, 2022

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.

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Community and Economic Development's Iowa Retail Initiative shares social media tips for retailers

February 23, 2022

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.

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Community Visioning celebrates 25 years of programming in Iowa's small communities

December 16, 2021

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.

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Seaberg joins Community and Economic Development unit as industry extension specialist

October 21, 2021

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.

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Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning 2022 application deadline extended to October 8, 2021

September 23, 2021

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.

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Statewide guide training workshops enrolling now

September 2, 2021

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.

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