Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

September 11, 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 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8. Grant Writing 101 will provide hands-on training in seeking and writing successful grant applications and is being sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Cherokee County and the Cherokee Area Economic Development Corporation.

August 26, 2020

AMES, Iowa – Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the destruction from the derecho that swept through Iowa.

July 31, 2020

The farming community is used to the stress that comes from the unpredictable and uncontrollable challenges that jeopardize their production and livelihood.  Agricultural resilience is about equipping farmers with strategies and information that will enable them to absorb and recover from these stresses. Resilience is the ability to bounce back when things do not go as planned. COVID Recovery Iowa, in collaboration with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting COVID Ag Updates: Focus on Resilience; a 60-minute weekly update with agricultural specialists, to be held Mondays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. 

August 17, 2020

Iowa’s rural communities and families are still coping with the uncertainty, stress and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial worries and unpredictable commodity prices also continue to contribute to anxiety in the agriculture industry. In response to this ongoing impact, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering weekly, online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” (QPR) programs, said David Brown, behavioral health specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

August 10, 2020

Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or has a disability. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, says Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program for caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs or for those who provide care for a spouse, parent or friend with a chronic condition.

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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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