Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

March 19, 2020

UPDATED: Most Iowa State University Extension and Outreach events throughout the state through May 9 have been canceled. When possible, some activities may be conducted virtually using video or teleconferencing. For information on specific events, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office. 

March 18, 2020

We are closing our office to the public until futher notice. If you have any needs or would like to confirm information on programming, please call our office 712-335-3103 or email xpocahontas@iastate.edu . Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time.

April 1, 2020

In addition to dealing with the usual stress of farming, Iowa’s farmers, rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering seven online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs beginning April 14. This suicide prevention program teaches participants three steps to help save a life from suicide.

March 27, 2020

Local hospitals are seeking in-kind donations for extra personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of a COVID-19 contingency plan should other available resources become exhausted. Any type of healthcare PPE will be welcomed, especially:

  • gowns
  • gloves (first preference of latex free and powder free)
  • eye protection (best if it provides wrap around protection)
  • masks (especially N95).

To donate, please call your county public health department official or local emergency manager. This will help your local healthcare teams be prepared to care for your community. Those donating should request an in-kind receipt for charitable tax purposes.

March 22, 2020

UPDATED. Three Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists recommend one simple and important method for combating COVID-19: Properly wash your hands.


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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