Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

February 23, 2021

This spring, the public is invited to participate in the Great Iowa Road Trip, a weekend event planned to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and small towns. The April 30-May 1 event will be a coordinated, mapped tour of businesses and attractions in southern Iowa.

December 9, 2020

The business development team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has worked to support several small-town groceries over the past year.

November 23, 2020

Learn about child care issues and solutions discussed during recent podcasts with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

October 6, 2020

The Back to Business Iowa podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach features a discussion on rural broadband. 

October 1, 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.  Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications. 


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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