Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 30, 2020

Registration Now Open for Upcoming Seminar
Due to COVID-19 concerns, The Siouxland and Tri-State Agricultural Lenders Seminars have been combined into one virtual seminar set for Tuesday, November 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lenders who serve agricultural clients - especially those who work with dairymen across the Upper Midwest - are encouraged to attend as the seminar will focus on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy, plus include a focus on exports and trade issues.
September 24, 2020

Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America.

September 22, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is currently accepting applicants for the Robotics, STEM and Cooking & the Arts Summer Educators. These three individuals will serve Lyon, Osceola, Sioux, O'Brien and Cherokee Counties from May 17, 2021 through August 6, 2021. Submit cover letter, resume and three professional references to Beth Bunkers at bbunkers@iastate.edu by Sunday, November 1. 

September 11, 2020

Representatives of nonprofits, local government, schools and other organizations are encouraged to register for Grant Writing 101, which will be presented online by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach staff from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications and is being sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cherokee County and the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.

September 24, 2020

Drops in income, increased unemployment, unexpected disasters and overall economic instability in 2020 have resulted in financial uncertainty for many Iowa families. “Families are searching for resources and guidance to relieve stress and be more financially stable,” says Phyllis Zalenski, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “Professionals and community members who help support financially stressed adults are in demand now more than ever.”

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.

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