Community Matters Now

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Infographic

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund infographicIssue 1, 2020

  • Community Matters Now—more than ever!
  • 2020 is the time to be counted!
  • Intro to Planning and Zoning workshops resume in a virtual format
  • ISU Extension and Outreach joins alliance to provide small businesses COVID-19 support
  • Midwest Planning BLUZ expands coverage to all things local government and housing


Issue 2Back to Business Iowa podcast logo, 2020

  • Ten creative ways to help your business and community right now
  • ISU Extension and Outreach helps businesses recover and adapt during COVID-19
  • New podcast and webinar series helps Iowans get back to business
  • Local food producers, businesses, move to online sales and 'contactless' delivery
  • Retail during COVID-19? ISU Extension's IRI has your back!



Screenshot of Rural Housing Readiness Assessment virtual workshopIssue 3, 2020

  • Fundraising in a time of economic shortage
  • Extension CED assists public, nonprofit sectors
  • Grant Writing 101 successfully transitions to virtual format
  • Housing planning takes on virtual twist
  • Appanoose, Henry Counties successfully complete virtual Leading Communities program



Issue 4, 2020DSPG Young Scholars virtual group meeting

  • DSPG Young Scholars use data to solve local community problems
  • Extension CED finds opportunity in time of crisis
  • ISU Extension and Outreach to offer business development webinars
  • Productive virtual meetings are possible!
  • Virtual meeting tip #1: Start with an engaging question


Issue 5, 2020Outdoor design workshop in Elkader

  • Visioning program practices virtual and socially-distanced community engagement
  • Extension CED helps Iowans maintain sense of community in virtual world
  • Extension CED offers virtual mission-statement workshops for nonprofits
  • Palo Alto County successfully completes virtual goal setting
  • Strategic goal setting—even done virtually—is more important than ever



Issue 6, 2020Virtual breakout room from the Ida Grove Rural Housing Readiness Assessment workshop.

  • Ida Grove pilots Rural Housing Readiness Assessment program
  • What did you do over the summer?
  • Local Food Leader and Community Food Systems Certifications offered virtually
  • 2020 Municipal Professionals Training goes virtual





Men repairing the outside of a home.Issue 7-8, 2020

  • Locally run home-repair and rehab programs offer options for addressing housing needs
  • From the Director
  • Excess supply and depressed housing values in rural counties may affect housing development
  • Despite demand, few homes are built in rural Iowa due to dearth of developers and builders



Issue 9, 2020

  • Happy holidays from ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic DevelopmentWinter scene with a lantern, pine branches, snow, and ornaments.