Area Meetings

Area meetings are held each fall.

2023 Chairs

AGENDA: Fall 2022
8:00 a.m. Registration, refreshments, and networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome, introductions, and icebreaker
9:25 a.m.

State of Extension, Vice President Lawrence
Memorandum of Understanding update
Questions and answers

10:00 a.m. Networking break
10:20 a.m. Program Planning Process overview and discussion
10:50 a.m.

Support for reaching all Iowans
Virtual education resources and education, accessibility through translation,
and information technology support

11:10 a.m. Roundtable discussions
11:50 a.m. Closing
Noon Lunch and networking

Afternoon sessions

Southeast: Monday, September 19
ISU Extension and Outreach Johnson County Office
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 – 3:30 p.m. Guest speaker and team building

Northwest: Thursday, September 22
Aurelia Community Center
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Workplace communication strategies presented by Ruth Appleton, Inga Brown, and Kelly Blakeley
2:30 p.m. Networking and wrap up

Northeast: Friday, September 23
Edgewood Event Center
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Professional development and team building

North Central: Monday, October 3
Briggs Woods Conference Center
12:00 -12:45 p.m. Lunch, Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum, State Historical Society of Iowa
12:45 - 3:00 p.m. SWITCH Energizer, speaker Jamie Sass on Generations in the Workplace, "Co-worker Feud"
Southwest: Tuesday, October 4
Cass County Community Center
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Professional development

South Central: Wednesday, October 5
Legacy Plaza Building 16, Newton
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch, Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum, State Historical Society of Iowa
1:00-1:45 p.m. Lightning talks
1:45-2:15 p.m. Networking/table top discussion
2:15-2:30 p.m. Awards discussion and ballot
2:30-3:00 p.m. Snacks/networking

Goals and objectives for area meetings

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has divided the state into areas for meeting purposes only.


  • Improve internal communication throughout ISU Extension and Outreach.
  • Enhance interdisciplinary and multi-county programming.
  • Strengthen relationships with colleagues.
  • More closely align vision and mission throughout our organization. 


  • Facilitate communication across counties and across programs, build relationships among staff, and mentor new staff.
  • Provide a ready platform for campus leadership and specialists to connect with and listen to staff in the field.
  • Build trust through ongoing relationships, collaboration, and accountability.
  • Enhance program planning, staff development, and sense of belonging.

Background: Area meetings were begun in 2019 to improve communication in ISU Extension and Outreach. For information about the initial development, see the Plans for Area-Wide, All-Staff Quarterly Meetings (pdf, May 2019).

Materials from previous meetings

Fall 2021 in-person meetings: Each meeting followed the same morning agenda. Watch a video of the south central meeting, October 1 in Indianola.

Annual Conference, March 9, 2021: To view session materials and videos visit MyExtension.

Winter 2020 virtual meetings: To view resources and materials form the Winter 2020 meetings visit MyExtension

September 2020 virtual meetings: To view resources and materials from the September 2020 visit the COVID-19 Recovery webpage

Annual Conference, April 1, 2020: A recording of Our Virtual Annual Conference and several of the resources are available from MyExtension.

August/September 2019: Agenda; Rural Community Resilience; The Seven Types of Community Capitals