Community and Economic Development

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Community Sustainability
Customer Service workshops are taught by Extension Regional Directors and County Extension staff to strengthen their local economies.
This program focuses on data literacy and education to provide knowledge and skills to understand, use, visualize, interpret, and practice with data.
This course will explore the easy-to-use features in QGIS 3.x software.
This two-day course will explore the new, easy-to-use features in Esri's ArcGIS software suite which includes ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
Goal setting and strategic planning help local governments and nonprofits address critical issues, identify priorities, and develop action plans to accomplish those priorities.
In this program, participants will dive deep into exploring the process and components of preparing, assembling, and drafting a grant proposal for a grant-fundable project idea
This workshop is offered for groups and provides hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications.
The Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®) is the premier cross-cultural assessment of intercultural competence that is used by thousands of individuals and organizations to build intercultural competence
Leading Communities is a research based leadership program developed by ISU Extension and Outreach. It is designed to promote community engagement and increase capacity among community members
The Virtual Local Food Leader Certification teaches foundational competencies critical for successful food systems development
City and County officials, both elected and appointed, are entrusted with the task making decisions that impact how much revenue is generated and how spending priorities are set.
Mapping 101 is appropriate for individuals interested in understanding how to create maps for decision making and building new skills in QGIS for data and map development.
Marketing Hometown America is a program that is designed to help rural communities retain their quality of life and market the value of rural places
Training by CED staff for county EXT staff to deliver the MHTA program
The Municipal Leadership Academy provides elected municipal officials with a curriculum to assist them in effectively meeting the requirements of their office.
The Municipal Professionals Academy offers continuing education credits for city clerks, finance officers and other government employees.
The Municipal Professionals Institute is offered three times per year in a hybrid format--February, July, and October. It provides educational credit toward certification by Iowa Municipal Finance Officers Association
Local GovernmentThis 3 hour workshop is designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members
Our Guide Training and Certification program is the first of its kind in Iowa, and is designed specifically for staff and volunteers who lead guided programs at Iowa’s tourism attractions.

Intended Audiences:
Government Employee

The Rural Housing Readiness Assessment (RHRA) is a tool that helps communities self-assess their housing needs and guides them in the decision-making process when addressing those needs.
Iowa residents living in rural areas outside of incorporated cities rely on their local township government to provide a broad range of services.
“Unlocking the Secrets of Social Media for Retailers” provides tips for creating social media posts, building relationships, branding and marketing, and building your social media audience.