Community Economic Development

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.

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 arinj@iastate.edu or 319-385-8126 by Friday, April 13. 

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January 19, 2018

Live Healthy Lee County is a collaborative effort between community partners to educate Lee County residents on area walking trails, healthy eating habits, and how to live a healthier lifestyle. As part of this initiative, a Live Healthy Lee County Local Food Guide will be printed and distributed to over 2000 Lee County citizens and visitors for the 2017 growing season and posted online for download. This guide will include local food or beverage producers, farmers markets, food pantries, and restaurants and grocery stores that sell and support local foods regularly.

Louisa Development Group
October 26, 2017

Louisa Development Group & the ISU Extension & Outreach Office in Louisa County are taking applications for a Director of Economic Development.  Applicants to this position will be expected to develop programming and provide assistance to the communities, residents, businesses and industries in Louisa County to: Increase Economic Vitality; Enhance and Increase Tourism & Assist to Attract Residents to the area

Here are some community and economic development links in Lee County & the Region.

Lee County Economic Development http://www.lcedg.com/

City of Fort Madison http://www.fortmadison.com/

Keokuk Chamber http://www.keokukchamber.com/

City of Donnellson http://www.donnellsoniowa.com/

City of West Point http://www.westpointiowa.com

Great River Region (Lee, Henry, Louisa & Des Moines E. D. Partnership) http://www.greatriverregion.com/

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.

  • 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.

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

  • Provides opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life, empowering them to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

  • 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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