Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

March 9, 2018

The Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference brings together large and small communities from the tri-state area to share experiences and gain new ideas on community and economic development. It will be held April 19 in South Sioux City. 

March 5, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area resident to attend a two-session retirement preparation workshop on Thursday, May 3 and May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Rock Rapids. This “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” workshop is ideal for those looking to retire within the next 10 years. It is designed to provide those approaching retirement with the information they need to be prepared to write their own paycheck. 

December 7, 2017

ServSafe Food Safety Training provides training and certification for foodservice managers and workers. At training, attendees will discuss: providing safe food; contaimination and food allergens; the safe food handler; purchasing, receiving and storage of food; food preparation and service; cleaning and sanitizing; pest management; facilities and equipment; and food safety management systems. 

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

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 March 1. 

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.

  • 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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