ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development has an educational program, Developing Dynamic Leaders, that focuses on maximizing the strengths and skills of each individual. This two-part leadership program is highly interactive and guaranteed to bring out the creativity within you. The sessions will make you more valuable in your job, in volunteer groups, and in your community. The need for effective leadership in business, community organizations, and government is greater than ever before. You owe it to yourself to ratchet your leadership skills up a notch or two.
Research has shown that “[i]f our communities are to adapt, prosper, and retain decision-making capabilities, it is essential that local leadership capacity be developed (Brennan, 2013).”
Counties interested in boosting their local leadership capacity now have the opportunity to do so at a reduced cost thanks to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The initiative, sponsored by ISU Extension and Outreach vice president John Lawrence, is in response to listening sessions conducted in 2018 throughout the state, during which local leadership emerged as a key factor affecting communities’ ability to thrive.
Iowa State University’s research on small towns in Iowa shows lower levels of social engagement and interaction, especially in civic organizations and local associations.
When people talk about the need for community members to come together, get more involved, and create positive community change, how inclusive are the conversations?
Many of our Iowa towns are seeing population growth because of immigrants, but are those new neighbors being included in community-issue discussions and actions?
Leading Communities: A Place-Based Community Leadership Program provided by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) was offered virtually for the first time to three counties that had classroom instruction interrupted by COVID-19. These were Appanoose, Henry and Sac.
Our community art specialist works with communities to use art as a vehicle for community and economic development.
ISU Local Food Leader training program is for anyone interested in food systems development and collaboration.
Community leadership is the process of bringing people together to create change for the good of the community. Leading Communities: A Place-Based Leadership Program is a modular and interactive community leadership program.
- Leading Communities: A Place-based Leadership Program
- Local Food Leader Training and Certification
- Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, and Facilitation
- Latino Business and Community Development
- Navigating Difference© - Cultural Competence Training
- Arts Engagement
Short videos of our most-requested programs HERE