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Updated Data for Decision Makers Reports Offer State and Legislative District Insights

May 8, 2024, 1:40 pm | Esther Crompton, Sandra Burke

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released the latest updates to the state Data for Decision Makers reports, including those for the Iowa House and the Iowa Senate districts. These updates provide a comprehensive overview of demographic and socioeconomic data, supporting informed community planning and policymaking.

$1.7M R-STEP Grant to Empower Decision Makers’ Renewable Energy Choices

May 7, 2024, 10:32 am | Esther Crompton, Luke Seaberg

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will receive $1.7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Renewable Energy Siting through the Technical Engagement and Planning program. R-STEP aims to develop and expand statewide initiatives that provide expertise, training and technical resources to local governments and communities as they plan for and evaluate large-scale renewable energy and energy storage projects.

Rock Valley Rallies for Housing and Growth

April 30, 2024, 2:16 pm | Esther Crompton

For businesses to grow, a community must recruit and retain residents – and that requires housing. That’s why Rock Valley collaborated with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Economic Development Authority to assess and address the city’s housing needs. As a result, Rock Valley has experienced an estimated $8.35 million investment in new housing construction.

Registration Opens for the Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute and Municipal Professionals Academy 2024 Sessions

April 30, 2024, 9:34 am | Esther Crompton, Sara Shonrock

Iowa clerks and finance officers can advance their professional skills and network with peers at the upcoming Municipal Professionals Institute and Municipal Professionals Academy. These events offer professional development and certification opportunities and are scheduled for June in Ames.

Manchester and Van Buren County Announced as Pilot Communities by the Iowa Rural Vitality Coalition

April 12, 2024, 12:00 pm |

The Iowa Rural Vitality Coalition has announced a partnership with Van Buren County and the community of Manchester to launch a pilot program aimed at improving the health and vitality of rural communities. This initiative will focus on building and refining a process that can be replicated to benefit other rural communities throughout the state.