Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

Guide Training Certification
February 18, 2020

This program is specifically designed for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa's diverse community tourism assets including but not limited to, museums, parks, conservation areas, historic sites, science centers, agritourism and other tourism related attractions. 

March 4, 2016

 Iowa ranks 51st nationally in entrepreneurship for women and minorities, behind even Puerto Rico.

February 29, 2016
The conference focus is on helping current businesses and those considering starting businesses along or near the trails to reach more trail users and capture the growing economic potential of trails.
February 17, 2016

According to the Administration for Children and Families, more than 7,000 Iowa children under age 6 are experiencing homelessness, says Jenna Pattee, a human sciences intern with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 4, 2016

Iowa State University students help Marshalltown retailers market their products

Statewide Resources

  • ISU Extension assists Iowa communities in planning and encouraging sustainable community and economic development that lead to positive quality of life for all citizens.

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • The CVC facilitates networking among small and medium size rural communities, sponsors policy analyses, engages communities in dialogue, and fosters discussion among rural and urban interests.

  • ICIP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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