Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

October 29, 2018

Policymakers, agriculture lenders, agriculture suppliers and producers all are trying to determine supply, demand and commodity and livestock prices.  Land prices appear to have stabilized for the near term. Excellent yields in most areas of the Midwest and decreased trade with China continue to keep prices depressed. Managing costs and decreasing margins is an area where today’s producer turns to their lender, input supplier, Extension, neighbor and other agricultural business professionals for advice.

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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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