Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

November 7, 2018

The Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues program is set for Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach - Sioux County office in Orange City. Dairy Discussions: Risk Management and Labor Issues grew out of concerns expressed by the Western Iowa Dairy Alliance (WIDA) board as to the hardships of finding qualified labor and keeping them in a depressed milk market. ICE raids earlier this year and the political climate in general, have heightened stress levels. Discussions will also include consistent labor management and how that relates to cow management, risk management tools, and a market update.

November 6, 2018

Living in a diverse world, stereotypes exist. They are a part of our culture and something that many of us deal with on a daily basis, according to Mackenzie DeJong, Human Sciences Program Coordinator with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. To promote the idea of communicating respectfully in a diverse world, ISU Extension and Outreach is hosting “Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts,” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Dec.10 at the ATLAS Ministries Building in Rock Rapids. The program is free and open to the public.

October 12, 2018

Position: Agriculture Program Coordinator / Office Assistant
Hours: 40 hours/week (including flexibility to work some evenings and weekends)
Reports to: Lyon County Extension Council

Interested applicants are asked to complete the required application (word) (pdf) and submit it electronically to Cheryl Heronemus at or by mail to: Cheryl Heronemus, PO Box 99, Primghar, IA 51245. Guaranteed consideration date for applications is November 1, 2018.

Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14
November 8, 2016

Sometimes, all it takes is a little one-on-one time with a parent for a child to really open up to them. The Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) established in 2001 for pre-teens and their parents is desined to do just that. Lyon County fifth and sixth grade students and their parents are invited to enroll in this free, seven week program beginning February 28. 

November 14, 2018

The Dairy Directions Seminars are scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 11 in Sac County and Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Pocahontas County. Both programs will be held at the local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach county office. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. A free lunch is included, and the program will adjourn at 1:45 p.m.

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.

  • 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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