Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

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. 

September 10, 2020

The Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning Program is currently accepting applications for the 2021 program. Eligible communities have fewer than 10,000 residents, existing transportation-related issues, a committee of willing volunteers, and are located within one mile of a state or federal highway.

September 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Iowa’s economy in various ways — some predictable, others not so much. Three experienced economists recently shared their observations on COVID-19 impacts on the “Back to Business Iowa” podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

September 2, 2020

Is public participation possible during a pandemic? Iowa’s Living Roadways Community Visioning program staff decided to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to explore innovative ways to engage the public without compromising the safety of staff, students and community members.


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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