Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

July 5, 2018

The Fifth Annual O’Brien County 4-H Foundation Pancake Breakfast will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Administration building on the O’Brien County Fairgrounds. Everyone is welcome. The meal will feature pancakes and sausage with choice of milk or orange juice. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of community, family and 4-H supporters all proceeds from the breakfast will go towards the O’Brien County 4-H Foundation.

May 30, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Stay Independent: A Healthy Aging Series this July at the Willoway Complex in Sutherland. The series is a nutrition and wellness program for adults age 60+ that provides information and tips to help aging adults remain healthy and independent.

“Nutrition risk assessments of older Iowans living in O’Brien County and surrounding counties revealed that nearly one out of four are at risk for malnutrition or are malnourished,” said Renee Sweers, a human sciences specialist in nutrition and wellness with ISU Extension and Outreach.

June 4, 2018

Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. They are passionate about serving their community and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardeners are individuals who have taken the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects and farmers markets, just to name a few examples.
June 4, 2018

Three Iowa State University students have taken up summer residence in Sheldon as part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Rising Star Internship. These interns will spend the summer promoting gardening and healthy eating, while also helping with the harvest and care of local pantry gardens, assisting with county fairs and other county-specific events in Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Sioux, O’Brien and Clay Counties. 

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. 

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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