Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

May 6, 2020

In an effort to continue summer camps while also following guidance for social distancing, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach youth staff in Northwest Iowa have created Clover Crates, take-home camps with optional virtual components, which will replace our in-person camps for Summer 2020.
August 20, 2020

The 2020 PoP Club will be moving virtual through the summer to encourage safe social distancing. The virtual PoP Club members will have access to two videos per month about gardening, nutrition, fun at-home activities and appearances from farmers market vendors from July to October. Members will also receive two booklets by mail with activities geared towards the monthly videos and fun activities to keep them engaged and continuing to try new local fruits and vegetables.

June 5, 2020

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – O’Brien County is home to twenty-one graduating senior 4-H members. As social distancing and these unprecedented COVID-19 times continue, the graduates remind us what 4-H - and life - are all about.

December 4, 2019

Certification for Foodservice Managers and Workers

October 9, 2018

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers several ServSafe® classes each year for food service professionals. ServSafe® training will provide knowledge every food service provider must know about. The class will address food hazards and proper food handling practices in order to keep food safe and protect the establishment against the costly nightmare of a foodborne-illness outbreak. Participants will learn ways of prevention, regulatory requirements, and how to improve food quality.

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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