Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

January 31, 2022

When money worries and challenges become overwhelming, many people become unable to see beyond their immediate crisis. Soon other parts of their life begin to fall through the cracks, like paying bills or other important tasks.

September 7, 2021

This program was created for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s cities and tourism attractions, including museums, nature areas, agritourism, city tours, and historic sites.

July 12, 2021

A new federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic kicks of this month, designed to boost the financial well-being of families with children 17 and under.

May 24, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the virtual course in partnership with Utah State University Extension. Teachers can receive two Teacher Licensure Renewal Credits.

April 22, 2021

Classes will begin May 18 and run every Tuesday and Thursday through June 10, 2021, from 3:30 – 5 PM via ZOOM platform.


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.

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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