Volume 3

Community Matters Volume 3

Volume 3, Issue 1Volume 3, Issue 1, Spring 2009


  • Community Visioning Program provides long-term planning processes for cities that suffered tornado and flood damage
  • Focus groups help gather information for transportation planning
  • Geospatial technology training available from ISU Extension in a variety of formats
  • Studio design class at ISU's Design West helps Sioux City take a new look at signage, skywalks
  • Susan Fey elected president of the Iowa Distance Learning Association's board of directors
  • Food and Fitness Initative makes healthy living choices easy in northeast Iowa
  • ISU Extension helps communities in northeast Iowa map walking trails
  • Collaborative program in Marshall County helps new farmers get a foothold in local food systems
  • Shared county extension director positions offers Iowans two for the price of one
  • Residents and planning students team up to improve downtown Waukee
  • Conference theme is Asset-Based Community Development
  • Jack Whitmer, first leader of the Office of State and Local Government, left an imprint on how Iowa cities do business

Volume 3, Issue 2Volume 3, Issue 2, Summer 2009


  • Variety of services available for entrepreneurs from ISU Extension
  • ISU Extension partners with the City of Fairfield to promote sustainable living and energy efficient technology
  • Public meetings work toward development of Iowa Housing Policy
  • Regional housing trust funds increase access to affordable housing
  • Ottumwa Main Street Program makes diversity a priority in downtown area
  • Facilitation guides use hands-on approach to teach immigrants survival skills
  • Presentations provide tips for running a business during tough times
  • Regional Capacity Analysis Program study examines the role of minorities in the Iowa economy
  • Community Development-Data Information and Analysis Laboratory moves to College of Design
  • Extension economists help develop state five-year housing plan
  • Wayne Kobberdahl provides a connection to the adventures of Lewis and Clark

Volume 3, Issue 3Volume 3, Issue 3, Fall 2009


  • Southwest Iowa online shopping site extends rural development across the globe
  • Extension completes a needs assessment survey for City of Spencer and Clay County
  • Affordable housing issues are theme of study by ISU Extension economists
  • Poverty study calls for examination of nonprofit services in Iowa
  • Planning and zoning workshops for local officials offered in eight communities
  • Extension materials offer guides for nonprofit organization sustainability and board of directors continuity
  • Parenting classes offered to Spanish-speaking families in southeast Iowa
  • Scott Timm joins ISU Extension as sustainability specialist in City of Fairfield
  • ISU study examines grocery store trends in Iowa
  • Iowa companies and ISU Extension collaborate on agriculture environmental projects
  • High-tech tools help communities engage in economic development initiatives
  • Sociologists document the effectiveness of water quality initiatives

Volume 3, Issue 4Volume 3, Issue 4, Winter 2009-10


  • 2010 visioning program expands community input process
  • Online educational academy offers leadership training to public works employees
  • Regional Economics and Community Analysis Program Web site offers county-level housing profiles
  • Iowa delegation in the U.S. House projected to decrease following 2010 Census
  • Long-form census questionnaire eliminated in 2010
  • Investments in amenities and tourism create short- and long-term economic growth
  • Extension sociologists promote diversity in teaching, research and outreach program
  • Hispanic community in Lenox benefits from ISU Extension partnership with Iowa State Savings Bank
  • ISU Exension prepares to host 2011 Urban Extension Conference
  • Iowa companies and ISU Extension collaborate on agriculture environmental projects
  • Latino entrepreneurship topic of Town/Craft roundtable discussion
  • Tim Borich elected president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
  • Nadia Anderson appointed Extension architecture and community design specialist
  • Cindy Kendall joins ISU Extension and the Iowa League of Cities
  • Extension blog provides up-to-date information on Midwest planning and zoning issues