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VP for Extension and Outreach Offers Funding Opportunity to Counties to Participate in Leading Communities

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. 

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.


Appanoose, Henry Counties Successfully Complete Virtual Leading Communities Program

June 5, 2020

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.