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Volume 15, Issue 1

  • Lee County celebrates eight years of partnership in community leadership
  • Greetings from our program director
  • Food Systems team supports local foods through multiple collaborative efforts
  • Iowa Government Finance Initiative reaches 10-year milestone
  • Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference call for proposals
Leading Communities participants review the ISU Extension and Outreach Data for Decision Makers Report for Lee County during a session at the Lee County Extension Office.

Volume 14, Issue 6

  • Community and Economic Development highlights the best of its 2023 programming
  • Happy holidays from our program director
Students collaborated with Mount Ayr to create this mural for the historic Princess Theater.

Volume 14, Issue 5

  • Community conversations help Iowa Public Radio foster relationships with non-traditional audiences
  • Greetings from our program director
  • Iowa Small Town Poll offers insights into community development programming
  • Data students tackel project ranging from local food markets and business support to AI and housing
  • Updated Health Data for Decision Makers now available
The Data Science for the Public Good housing team works with research scientist Liesl Eathington.

Volume 14, Issue 4

  • New toolkit offers guidance on building community through 'pop-up' experiences
  • Greetings from our program director
  • ISU Extension and Outreach champions community resilience in America's food systems
  • Farm to early childcare and education grant bridges the gap between local foods and Iowa families
  • Community and Economic Development unit welcomes new communications specialist
Mardi Gras Indians, Super Sunday, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2019. Traditionally on the third Sunday in March, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians mask up and parade throughout the city.

Volume 14, Issue 3

  • Community Visioning Program recognized for excellence in transportation design
  • Greetings from our program director
  • Community and Economic Development staff facilitates new vice president's listening sessions
  • Community and Economic Development earns national awards
  • Community and Economic Development staff part of team earning research award
  • Iowa State University recognizes two community and economic development specialists
CED specialist Omar Padilla facilitates "Hellos and Handshakes" in Clive, Iowa.

Volume 14, Issue 2

  • Project pilots mobile processing unit for independent grocers, local food producers
  • Greetings from our program director
  • Videos highlight local food systems efforts
  • Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition connects youth to healthy, local food
  • Registration open for Community Food Systems + Farm to School and Early Care Conference
  • Congratulations, Dr. Long!
Students pose with homemade pizza featuring garden grown produce, Postville Community School District.

Volume 14 Issue 1

  • Bringing Iowa's stories to life: statewide guide training workshop enrolling now
  • Greetings from our program director
  • Communities kick off Rural Housing Readiness Assessment process
  • Community and Economic Development unit offers new intercultural competency program
  • Registration open for 2023 rural housing conference
  • New Iowa Retail Trade Analysis reports now available
A ethnically diverse group of people seated at a table with a laptop.

Volume 13 Issue 8

  • Community and Economic Development teams share their top five 2022 highlights
  • Greetings for our new program director
  • Erin Olson-Douglas joins Community and Economic Development unit as program director
Lisa Switkin, senior principal at James Corner Field Operations in New York, studies a drawing during the MICD in Des Moines. Photo by Jake Sternquist.

Volume 13 Issue 7

  • Community and Economic Development offers updated ArcGIS Pro workshops
  • Greetings from the Data and Technology team
  • American Community Survey provides one- and five-year estimates on population and housing
  • From a pandemic to advances in technology: how current conditions have impacted the 2020 Census
  • Indicators Program offers Data Literacy workshops
  • Young Scholars program uses the power of data to assist Iowa communities
  • Data and Technology team projects planned for 2023
  • Call for proposals for the 2023 DSPG Young Scholars Program
  • Community and Economic Development's Data team creates 'Languages Spoken in Iowa' website
  • Updated GIS task sheets will be e-accessible and offer new content
  • Data for Decision Makers reports provide city, county, and regional profiles
person looking at computer generated map

Volume 13, Issue 6

  • Community and Economic Development hosts Rural Housing Readiness Assessment workshop
  • Greetings from our guest editors
  • CED partners with statewide organizations to offer education and resources on public finance
  • ISU College of Design, City of Des Moines co-host Mayor's Institute on City Design
  • Advanced-level grant writing workshop now available
large group of people sitting in an assessment workshop

Volume 13, Issue 5

  • Facilitator (can't) heal thyself: the strategic planning process from a participant's point of view
  • Well wishes from the director
  • Extension specialists help task force work toward racial equity
  • Community and Economic Development staff recognized for professional achievements
adults participating in a classroom setting

Volume 13, Issue 4

  • County extension staff to deliver Marketing Hometown America
  • Spring brings new people, program, and views
  • Reinig brings wealth of economic development experience to Extension and Outreach
  • Community and Economic Development offers new cultural competency program
  • Two soon-to-be ISU grads to join Community and Economic Development team
group of people standing in middle of street

Volume 13, Issue 3

  • Art & design publications offer guidance on creative community engagement
  • Extension Store has a wealth of online resources
  • Toolkit offers guidance to food businesses interested in processing specialty crops
  • Community and Economic Development's Iowa Retail Initiative offers social media tips for retailers
  • Fact sheets and annual sentiment survey address housing needs and issues in Iowa
POW! Yarn Bomb

Volume 13, Issue 2

  • Happy holidays from ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development
  • Community Visioning celebrates 25 years of programming in Iowa's small communities
Covered red bridge in forest covered in snow

Volume 13, Issue 1

  • Eggers, Padilla begin community and economic development careers under pandemic lockdown
  • From the Director: Introducing the newest members of our team
  • Weinand joines Community and Economic Development unit as leadereship specialist
  • Seaberg joins Community and Economic Development unit as industry extension specialist
  • Henderson joins Community and Economic Development's Local Government and Housing Team
Headshot of Eggers and Padilla

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