Community Economic Development

Local Highlights

July 15, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach's Annual Farmland Leasing Meetings for agriculture property owners, tenants, ag business representatives and lenders will be held at 11 different locations through early August with Woodbury County hosting an event on August 10.

Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference logo
March 25, 2021

The Midstates Community and Economic and Development Conference committee has announced the speaker lineup and schedule for its 2021 virtual event. The Midstates conference works to advance community and economic development in the tri-state region (Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota) through a partnership of public, private and non-profit organizations.

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March 16, 2021

Representatives of nonprofits, local government, schools and other organizations are encouraged to register for Grant Writing 101, which will be presented from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 at 251 12th St SE (lower level Le Mars Convention Center), Le Mars.

Virtual Fundraising: Tips, Tricks & Hurdles
March 4, 2021

The Nonprofit Management Alliance is hosting a panel discussion on virtual fundraising from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. on March 18. Virtual Fundraising: Tips, Tricks & Hurdles will be held virtually and is free to join.

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January 7, 2021

Registration is now open for the virtual Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference scheduled for April 8 & 9, 2021.

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.

  • During times of natural disaster, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers educational resources to reduce the personal impact of natural disasters, working in partnership with the local, state and federal agencies addressing the disaster. 

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