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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. Read more about Registration Open for 2018 IGFI Workshops on 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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Registration Open for the 2018 Municipal Professionals Institute

March 8, 2018

Registration is now open for the 43rd Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, an annual event cosponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs (OSLGP) and the Iowa League of Cities. The Institute is scheduled for July 16–20 and July 23–25 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Read more about Registration Open for the 2018 Municipal Professionals Institute

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City Data for Decision Makers reports now available

December 8, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Indicators Portal team has released a City Data for Decision Makers report for all 945 of Iowa’s cities. The reports show population trends, demographics, and socioeconomic indicators such as income, poverty, employment, housing characteristics, and health insurance coverage. Read more about City Data for Decision Makers reports now available

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Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa Making Major Impact in Refugee Community

September 11, 2017

Anindita Das has been with the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for about 15 months, but her impact already is being felt in many important ways. RACI is a collaboration of service providers, government agencies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that works to serve the needs of central Iowa’s refugee population. The organization now has a mission and a vision. There is improved coordination among the members of the collaborative. Read more about Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa Making Major Impact in Refugee Community

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ILR Community Visioning Program now accepting applications for 2018 program

August 16, 2017

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2018 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 ILR Community Visioning Program now accepting applications for 2018 program

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Why Local Leaders Should Support Immigrant-owned Businesses

June 7, 2017

Immigrant-owned businesses are becoming more and more prevalent in Iowa. Driving through communities such as Perry, Ottumwa, Storm Lake, and Marshalltown, the impact of immigrant-owned businesses in the central business district is evident. These businesses play a vital role in Iowa’s economy, contributing significantly to our local tax base. Storefronts that would otherwise be empty--due to the general decline in rural retail caused by pull factors such as e-commerce and big box stores--are instead filled with ethnic grocery stores and restaurants, vaquero Western Wear shops, and Quinceañera gowns and party supplies. Read more about Why Local Leaders Should Support Immigrant-owned Businesses

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Tourism program earns Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award

May 11, 2017

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development program is proud to announce that a team of our staff was honored with the Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award for the tourism training program they developed. The award was presented on March 26 as part of the ISU Extension and Outreach Annual Conference. The team included specialists Abbie Gaffey, Jane Goeken, Diane Van Wyngarden, Steve Adams and Becky Luers. Read more about Tourism program earns Excellence in Partnership to Iowans Award

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Anindita Das joins CED as specialist for refugees in Iowa

June 2, 2016

Anindita Das recently began a job as a refugee community plan coordinator in partnership with the Refugee Community Planning Group. In that role, she’ll work with ISU Extension and Outreach’s Diverse and Underserved Iowans Team while focusing on the changing demographics of Iowa’s communities.  Read more about Anindita Das joins CED as specialist for refugees in Iowa

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