Business & Industry

Local Highlights

June 7, 2018

This year Lee County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research.  ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lee County.

April 11, 2018

We’re celebrating service for a strong Iowa. In Lee County, we’re asking our staff, council, volunteers, and 4-H Clubs to participate in a community service project.

Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
April 2, 2018

The Lee County Iowa 4-H will be holding a Chicken Dinner Fundraiser on Sunday April 8th from 4-7 PM at the Charleston Board of Trade in Charleston, Iowa. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to pay enrollment fees for the Lee County 4-Her’s. There will also be a free will donation bake sale going on. Adults are $10, kids 12 and under are $6.00. Tickets may be purchased from any Lee County 4-Her as well as at the Lee County Extension Office. For more information please call 319-835-5116.

April 2, 2018

Join us for a Poverty Simulation to gain perspective into what life in poverty is really like. This training will be held on Friday,  April 20 from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at Iowa Wesleyan University, Social Hall. There will be no cost for this training. To register please contact Arin Jones at or 319-385-8126 by Friday, April 13. 

March 19, 2018

Lee County will offer the Certified Handlers Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The program will be shown across Iowa through the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP).

Statewide Resources

  • 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 Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • 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.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • 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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