Community and Economic Development Knowledge Teams

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Promoting Equity, Inclusion and Respect in Communities

The team for Promoting Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Communities identifies, develops, and implements programs aimed at helping people, organizations, and governmental bodies identify strategies that make communities more welcoming and civil and engaging places.

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Local Economies

The Local Economies team strengthens communities by assisting with small-business development and expansion for retailers, entrepreneurs, and those focused in the tourism, agritourism, and local-food sectors.

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Civic Engagement and Leadership

The Civic Engagement and Leadership team enhances community leadership structures and engagement by identifying, training, and connecting established and aspiring organizations and people.

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Art and Design Applications

The Art and Design Applications team harnesses the power of design thinking to address place-based issues facing Iowa’s communities.

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Local Governments and Nonprofits

The Local Government and Nonprofits team works with local governments and nonprofits to build capacity and create sustainability.  

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Data and Technology

The Data and Technology team provides and supports data and technology to help other knowledge teams identify, discover, visualize, analyze, and interpret conditions, trends, and programmatic impacts.