Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

August 16, 2018

The public is invited to a two-hour workshop, which teaches how to transform community visitors into customers, and keep them coming back. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Humboldt County will host the workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Humboldt County Extension and Outreach Office, 727 Sumner Avenue. Lunch will be provided.

August 2, 2018

Team PrISUm wraps up a busy summer schedule at the Farm Progress Show Aug. 28-30, near Boone, where their solar vehicle, Penumbra, will be on display at the Iowa State University exhibit.

July 30, 2018

Communities of 10,000 residents or fewer should consider applying for program to address transportation-related issues.

July 18, 2018

Fairs, festivals and events are becoming increasingly important economic drivers of Iowa county economies. However, managing these activities can be a huge task for local organizers. Fortunately, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has a resource that can help.

March 16, 2018

Registration is now open for the 43rd Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, an annual event cosponsored by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Office of State and Local Government Programs and the Iowa League of Cities. The Institute is scheduled for July 16–20 and July 23–25 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames.


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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