Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 22, 2017

Providing an attractive and appealing place to live is a concern for small town across Iowa. There are things a town can do to attract new residents that are not related to economic factors.

April 21, 2017

Every summer the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products partner to recognize exceptional community members through the Iowan of the Day program. If you know someone who has dedicated their time to making their community a better place, please conisder nominating them.

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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