Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 7, 2017

Grow as compassionate leaders during this fun opportunity to gain a greater understanding of and raise awareness for youth homelessness. You can make a difference by providing hope to our friends and neighbors in need of a home. Enjoy food, music, games and a box-decorating contest!

August 30, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Anindita Das has been with the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa for about 15 months, but her impact already is being felt in many important ways. RACI is a collaboration of service providers, government agencies, religious groups, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that works to serve the needs of central Iowa’s refugee population. The organization now has a mission and a vision. There is improved coordination among the members of the collaborative.

July 13, 2017

Three proposals have been selected for funding through the Engaged Scholarship Funding Program, a partnership of ISU Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. This is the second year of this program, which funds research projects that focus on engagement, translate research into practice, and involve and benefit Iowans, their families and communities.

Andrea Nelson accepting ISU Extension award
November 28, 2016

They were honored at a luncheon on Nov. 17

March 4, 2016

 Iowa ranks 51st nationally in entrepreneurship for women and minorities, behind even Puerto Rico.

Local Resources

Polk County Demographics from Census 2010

Data for Decision Makers on Population, Agriculture, Retail Trade, Employment, Families, and Older Iowans.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

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