Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

November 6, 2019

HopsWith the popularity of Craft Breweries exploding around the state as well as the nation there is one essential element that is involved, Hops!   Growing Hops is an emerging industry within the state of Iowa. Have you ever wondered if growing hops is right for you?  Join Webster County Extension from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20th at River Hops Brewing, 1014 Central Ave, Fort Dodge, to learn more about this emerging crop during this free workshop.

April 24, 2017

Looking for a wellness program for your staff or group? ISU Extension and Outreach has a program available at no cost – “What About Me? My Wellbeing?” Contact Malisa Rader at for more information.

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.

  • 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.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

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