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?