Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

March 26, 2021

Don’t live in Central Iowa but are 50+ and love to learn?

Today, it doesn’t matter where you live, because our programming is now online with Zoom.

OLLI at ISU (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University) is a lifelong learning program for ANYONE who is 50+. There are no tests, and it’s a great opportunity to learn just for the fun of learning alongside other lifelong learners.  Classes are held during fall, winter, and spring sessions. Because lifelong learners are busy, we offer a variety of class lengths, ranging from a one-day 90-minute session to eight weeks and everything in between. Some courses give you time to try your skills outside of class time for independent writing and photography, among other activities. Topics are carefully curated – history, literature, health/wellness, science, government, current events, and so many others – thanks to a volunteer curriculum committee. Didn’t like history or science in school? Give these subjects another try with us!

There is a $25 annual membership fee, and classes are paid ala cart. For more information contact Jerilyn Logue, director at or go to our website:

February 22, 2021

Grain Marketing Meetings in Central Iowa March 8th, 9th, 11th

ISU Extension Farm Management Specialist
Patrick Hatting
Polk County Extension
1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Phone: 515-957-5790
Fax: 515-967-6164
February 19, 2021

A special weekend event is planned to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and small towns.The public is invited to participate in The Great Iowa Road Trip, which will be held April 30 and May 1. The event will be a coordinated mapped route of open doors at businesses and attractions in Marion, Mahaska, and Jasper counties

Ag Marketing Resource Center - A national information resource for value-added agriculture.

Community Links for Census/Trade Data by County.  Iowa Community Indicators Program contains information on Social, Economic, and Demographic Trends in support of community and regional analysis with emphasis on Iowa. 

Extension and Market News for commodity and business reports.

SBDC --(Iowa Small Business Development Centers) - The only
nationally accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa.

Iowa Utilities Board

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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