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Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshop Cancellations

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ISU Extension and Outreach is canceling the Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops scheduled for March 24 in Ankeny, March 26 in Okoboji, and April 7 in Carroll as we are prioritizing the health and safety of all. For now We are keeping the April 14 Decorah and April 21 Oskaloosa trainings open, but that may change as the situation develops.

We will post future opportunities for training soon. We will be in touch with all those already registered as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

Statewide Guide Training Cancellations

March 17, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ISU Extension and Outreach is canceling the statewide Guide Training workshops as we are prioritizing the health and safety of all. 

We will post future opportunities for training soon. We will be in touch with all those already registered as soon as we are able. Thank you for your understanding.

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CED Program Continues to Provide Service to Communities Virtually

March 23, 2020

The ISU Extension and Outreach CED unit is adjusting our services to continue to provide education and support while maintaining social distancing for the health and safety of our staff, participants, volunteers, and communities.

We are going to use our Midwest Planning BLUZ blog to post information and resources for our Iowa communities, including businesses, local governments, and other community groups.

Check out the blog here.

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ISU Extension and Outreach Joins Alliance to Provide Small Businesses COVID-19 Support

April 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and other organizations are joining ranks to uplift the small business community throughout the entire state by starting the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. The other organizations in the alliance are The Director’s Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, League of United Latin American Citizens - Iowa (LULAC Iowa), One Voice, DREAM Iowa, and Iowa Community Capital.

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Ten Creative Ways to Help Your Business and Community Right Now

April 21, 2020

Travel experts predict a pent-up demand to hit the road as soon as people are able to get out. “Now is the time to get ready,” said Diane Van Wyngarden, tourism specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Van Wyngarden offers ten inexpensive ideas businesses and communities can use right now to help capture that eager market, avoid a tourism industry wipe-out, and build long-term success.

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Pandemic Checklist for Local Governments Now Available

April 24, 2020

The Iowa League of Cities and Iowa State Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development (CED) have developed a pandemic checklist to help local governments through response and recovery to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Whether local governments have already prepared an emergency plan or not, the goal of this document is to provide communities with some basic questions to think about as they handle pandemic issues.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS NOW—MORE THAN EVER! 

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing Iowans’ resilience. While the virus is likely to peak later in rural states such as Iowa and receive less attention, the economy has been brought to a halt in all parts of the nation suddenly and with equal force. 

Bringing back economic activity, rebuilding social ties, and maintaining the efficiency and responsiveness of local governments will demand from everyone more than “business as usual.” 

CED quarterly newsletter now monthly and available as e-publication in response to COVID-19

April 30, 2020

The goals of the Community and Economic Development (CED) program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have always been to foster thriving, resilient Iowa communities and economies. These efforts matter now more than ever. For this reason, ISU Extension CED temporarily shifted its quarterly newsletter, Community Matters, to a shorter format delivered monthly. Community Matters Now highlights CED’s efforts to respond to these challenging times.

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Local Food Producers, Businesses Move to Online Sales and ‘Contactless’ Delivery

May 15, 2020

Businesses across the state are trying new and innovative strategies to remain open and continue to serve Iowans. Farms and food businesses are also stepping up to meet the demand for local food products. Many farmers markets are moving to online sales and virtual options to continue to support customers and vendors in this trying time (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Farm, Food, and Enterprise Development (FFED); 2020).

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