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CED Specialists Pilot Leading Communities Add-on to Include Immigrants for Positive Social Change

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 to Make Virtual Debut in Appanoose and Henry Counties

May 8, 2020

Appanoose and Henry Counties will be the first communities in Iowa to experience the virtual delivery of Leading Communities, the Place-Based Community Leadership Program offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED). In response to COVID-19’s requirement for physical distancing without losing social contact, CED specialists and faculty continue to adapt to the changing needs of Iowa communities.


Leading Communities 2.0 to launch in spring 2021

February 10, 2021

Dynamic. That’s a word we use to describe the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program Leading Communities. We describe the program as dynamic because we want to always be able to adapt the program to the current and emerging community leadership and engagement needs of our Iowa counties. A research-based community engagement program, Leading Communities was developed and is provided to Iowa communities by community development specialists in Community and Economic Development.