Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 25, 2019

Several farms will be providing fresh local food to eaters in Dubuque County through a type of partnership called Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA. Check out the CSA's available this year for Dubuque!

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April 10, 2018

Financial well-being doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. Iowans can explore their sense of financial well-being during “What about Me? My Well-being,” a workshop series from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

March 28, 2018

After a nationwide search, John Lawrence has been appointed Vice President of Iowa State University's extension and outreach programs.

March 2, 2018

A Place of Your Own” provides consumers with the decision-making tools they need to determine whether now is a good time to buy a home. The five-lesson course helps people prepare for the home buying process, says Susan Taylor, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

January 22, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created a series of flowcharts to help producers market their food crops, guiding them to the appropriate agencies or departments for regulations, certifications or licenses needed to comply with state rules. Also a helpful tool for growers participating in the ISU Extension and Outreach's Food Safety & Iowa Regulation Training.

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Communities and Economic Development Program Builder

Program Builder is a web based marketplace where community leaders can review and make selections from a variety of technical assistance, consulting and educational programs that will improve the quality of life in your community.

Program Builder provides you with the tools to construct personalized service agreements with Economic Development Service providers. Programs include services for economic development, leadership, government, governance, landscape revitalization, community visualizing, downtown restoration, parks, transportation, workshops, local government, geodatabase, nonprofit agencies, leadership and management. Click here for more info.

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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