Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

July 1, 2020

Winneshiek County Extension and Outreach will be closed Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.  Our office will reopen Monday, July 6th. 

June 30, 2020

Planning officials will have more opportunities to sign up for virtual Introduction to Planning and Zoning Workshops starting in July.

June 17, 2020

Community leaders in Ida Grove are learning about their community’s need for housing while also learning new uses for virtual platforms. Ida Grove is the inaugural community for the Rural Housing Readiness Assessment program from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 7, 2020

Allie is an Iowa native and ISU alumni with a background in agriculture. She participated in 4-H and is an avid gardener. She enjoys interacting with the public and looks forward to helping you!

March 14, 2019

Spring time is slowing coming around the corner but bring flooding with it!

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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