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Aimee Viniard-Weideman Joins Extension CED

November 13, 2019

Aimee Viniard-Weideman recently joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) team as a leadership and community development specialist. Viniard-Weideman comes to ISU with a background in leadership, strategic communications, change management, and community relations. Read more about Aimee Viniard-Weideman Joins Extension CED

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Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning accepting applications for the 2020 program year

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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ISU Extension CED Plays Important Role at Iowa Rural Development Council Summit

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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Extension CED Now Offering Data Literacy Workshops

May 30, 2019

In recent years, more and more information and news come to communities, leaders, and consumers in the form of numeric or graphic data. It is essential that Iowa’s communities, leaders, and residents be able to use these data to make educated and wise decisions on critical issues and policies.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) is now offering data literacy workshops to help Iowans learn the skills needed to understand, visualize, interpret, and practice with data relevant to communities, organizations, and counties.

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New Guide Training Workshop and Certification Program to be Held June 13

May 13, 2019

Registration is now open for a statewide Guide Training workshop to be held in Mason City at the Music Man Square on June 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The new program is the first of its kind in Iowa, specifically created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, nature and conservation areas, agritourism, and historic sites. The one-day workshop features interactive methods and techniques for creating and delivering dynamic guided programs, with a focus on guiding adult visitors.

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Middlebrooks Receives 'Hidden Figure' Award During Black History Month Celebration

April 23, 2019

On Monday, February 25, Kameron Middlebrooks, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialist, received one of four “Hidden Figure” awards as part of Wells Fargo’s Annual Black History Month Celebration Day at the Iowa State Capitol. 

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Sara Shonrock Brings Housing Expertise to Local Government Programming

April 16, 2019

For more than 40 years, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) has partnered with the Iowa League of Cities to offer the Municipal Professionals Institute (MPI) to city clerks, administrators, and finance officers from throughout the state of Iowa. 

The latest evolution in the collaboration between ISU Extension and Outreach and the League of Cities in the appointment of Sara Shonrock as MPI/MPA director in January 2019. Shonrock brings a different skill set to the position, with a background in community development and housing. 

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New Guide Training and Certification for Tourism Staff and Volunteers

March 13, 2019

A statewide Guide Training workshop will be held April 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Central Iowa Expo administration building near Boone. The new program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is the first of its kind in Iowa, and is designed specifically for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s community tourism attractions, including but not limited to museums, parks and conservation areas, historic sites, science centers and agritourism. Read more about New Guide Training and Certification for Tourism Staff and Volunteers

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Registration Open for Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

February 13, 2019

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.


Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials is a three-hour workshop designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects. Using case scenarios in a highly-interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process. 

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Extension CED gains real estate expertise with new faculty member

December 11, 2018

Real estate development matters to communities, whether it’s residential, providing homes for community members; or commercial, creating jobs and boosting the local economy

To address this important facet of community development, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program has added a new member to its team. In August 2018, Daniel Kuhlmann joined ISU’s Department of Community and Regional Planning as an assistant professor with responsibilities in the CED program and with the ISU Ivy College of Business. Read more about Extension CED gains real estate expertise with new faculty member

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CED and Iowa League of Cities create shared position

December 4, 2018

Erin Mullenix has been the research director at the Iowa Leagues of Cities since 2010, with an intermezzo from 2016 to 2018 as the director of data-driven science for Iowa State University, where she developed strategic planning and collaborative programs to support institution-wide activities related to big data and local government. 

This experience made her the logical choice for a new shared position with the Iowa League of Cities and ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program, which she started in mid-July 2018. Read more about CED and Iowa League of Cities create shared position

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CED and Iowa League of Cities create shared position

November 13, 2018

Erin Mullenix has been the research director at the Iowa Leagues of Cities since 2010, with an intermezzo from 2016 to 2018 as the director of data-driven science for Iowa State University, where she developed strategic planning and collaborative programs to support institution-wide activities related to big data and local government. 

This experience made her the logical choice for a new shared position with the Iowa League of Cities and ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program, which she started in mid-July 2018. Read more about CED and Iowa League of Cities create shared position

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Registration Open for 2018 IGFI Workshops on Public Finance and Community and Economic Development

September 6, 2018

In September and October, ISU Extension and Outreach’s Iowa Government Finance Initiative is offering three-hour workshops for local elected, appointed officials (finance, planning, and economic development), and other stakeholders on issues relating to public finance and community and economic development.

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Registration Now Open for 2018 On-the-Road: Budget, Examinations, and Accounting for Municipalities

August 15, 2018

ISU Extension and Outreach's Office of State and Local Government Programs is offering four-hour training sessions on administration and accounting for municipal clerks and finance officers at six locations throughout the state in the month of October. Read more about Registration Now Open for 2018 On-the-Road: Budget, Examinations, and Accounting for Municipalities

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Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning accepting applications for the 2019 program year

July 19, 2018

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2019 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. Read more about Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning accepting applications for the 2019 program year

New CED specialist works with African and African-American small businesses and nonprofits

May 21, 2018

On May 2, Kameron Middlebrooks joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development (CED) unit as a community development specialist. Middlebrooks comes to ISU from the Evelyn K. Davis Center in Des Moines, where he was an asset development associate working on economic and community development for small businesses and nonprofits. Read more about New CED specialist works with African and African-American small businesses and nonprofits

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