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Registration Open for 2018 IGFI Workshops on Public Finance and Community and Economic Development

September 6, 2018

In September and October, ISU Extension and Outreach’s Iowa Government Finance Initiative is offering three-hour workshops for local elected, appointed officials (finance, planning, and economic development), and other stakeholders on issues relating to public finance and community and economic development.

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Registration Open for Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

February 13, 2019

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.


Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials is a three-hour workshop designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects. Using case scenarios in a highly-interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process. 

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ISU Extension and Outreach CED offers virtual goal-setting workshops

July 2, 2020

Goal setting is the latest Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development programming effort to go virtual. The first workshop is titled COVID-19 Transition and Recovery and is being conducted in two sessions. The first session took place on Tuesday, June 30, and the second will be held on Tuesday, July 7.

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Strategic Goal Setting—Even Done Virtually—Is More Important Than Ever

August 18, 2020

An important driver of success in communities is the ability of leaders to act strategically. Especially in city government, it can be easy for the day-to-day work of running a city to dominate the council’s time. Some councils go years without ever really sitting down and thinking broadly together about common priorities. This can lead feeling like the city is jumping from issue to issue without making meaningful progress on the things that are most important to the community.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) can help.

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