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Since 2015 the Master Business Bootcamp has helped more than 250 small businesses in the Des Moines area to survive and thrive. Now this coaching and mentorship program is ready to expand across the state, says Kameron Middlebrooks, minority business coordinator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
The availability of affordable, quality housing is a critical issue in rural Iowa. ISU Extension and Outreach created the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment, a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs.
Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 program. Communities of fewer than 10,000 residents with existing transportation-related issues and a committee of volunteers should consider applying.
Ten Iowa communities have been selected to participate in the Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program in 2020.
Marshalltown Municipal Transit, with assistance from ISU researchers and students, applied data and knowledge about community transportation needs and services to make positive changes to their public transportation system.
In an effort to continue to offer programming to local government officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development has resumed the previously canceled Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops in a virtual format.
The Iowa Small Business Relief Fund aims to target small businesses with one to seven employees. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and other organizations are joining to uplift the small business community throughout the entire state by starting the fund.
To respond to these challenging times, ISU Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development temporarily has shifted its quarterly newsletter, Community Matters, to a shorter format delivered monthly.
Is public participation possible during a pandemic? Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program staff decided to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to explore innovative ways to engage the public without compromising the safety of staff, students and community members.
The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 program. Eligible communities have fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues, a committee of willing volunteers, and are located within one mile of a state or federal highway.