Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

June 1, 2020

Beginning June 1, our office staff will return to working from our county office Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Staff will be working but our doors will be locked. Community members can call (712) 335-3103 to set up a time to enter our office as needed with only one community member being inside at that time. Thank you for your continued help as we work differently to ensure the safety of all Iowans.

July 2, 2020

Goal setting is the latest Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development programming effort to go virtual.

July 1, 2020

The invasive emerald ash borer has been detected for the first time in Cerro Gordo and Webster counties. This exotic pest that attacks and kills ash tree species has now been confirmed in 73 Iowa counties.

April 17, 2020

Stay current with local food and supply chain resources being shared amid COVID-19. The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development program with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is sharing timely resources and answers online.

April 11, 2020

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.


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.

  • An educational program dedicated to strengthening women's roles in the modern farm enterprise.

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