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Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit
The Agricultural Urbanism Toolkit Booklet is a resource for communities to learn about Agricultural Urbanism and the tactics used to develop local food systems. It can be used as a full book or portio
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Township Trustee and Clerk Reference Manual
Guide of key legal provisions and responsibilities of township trustees and clerks (not all-inclusive). Several forms and models of agreements also included. For a complete record of laws and polic
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Certification for Municipal Professionals brochure
This brochure describes programs offered by the ISU Extension Office of State and Local Government Programs for certification of appointed city officials, including city clerks, administrators, and fi
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Overweight Kids: What Communities Can Do
Here's help for communities to build partnerships among schools, families, community groups, and individuals to promote healthy living.
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Starting a Bed and Breakfast in Iowa? -- Know the laws that apply
If you’ve thought about opening your own bed and breakfast in Iowa, read this publication first. Information on types of B&Bs, food service rules, fire inspections, and hotel taxes.
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Remodeling Community or Church Kitchens
Explains the six steps to follow for a successful remodeling of a community or church kitchen. Includes photos, sample floor plans, and resources.
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Leadership in the Bioeconomy -- Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Details how the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is involved in the bioeconomy through research, extension, and education.
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Proceedings of the Biofuels and the Rural Economy Roundtable, May 14, 2008, Perry, Iowa
These proceedings document the presentations and discussions of regional economists and agricultural scientists from around the region who gathered in May of 2008 to discuss the nature and magnitude o
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Community & Economic Development Program Builder brochure
This six-panel brochure provides information on the Extension Community and Economic Development Program Builder website, where community leaders can get online assistance with community betterment p
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Agriculture Offers Economic Opportunities (11 inch x 17 inch poster)
The back side of this poster lists 11 agricultural economic opportunities and 19 ways ISU can help Iowa's economic development..
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2006 Summary Report
Report on Iowa farmers' opinions on energy costs, quality of life, relations with neighbors, environmental quality related to livestock operations, Internet access and use, and more.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Resources -- Reiman Gardens
Resource list for making gardening easier and more accessible, including books, organizations, websites, and selected educational programs.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Benefits for Healthcare Facilities -- Reiman Gardens
Therapeutic gardens for healthcare facilities benefit residents, staff, and visitors. Find out details of how to plan and maintain these features.
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Therapeutic Gardening: Gardening Tips for Older Adults -- Reiman Gardens
Here are descriptions of several simple ideas and inexpensive tools that can help people continue gardening as they grow older.
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Therapeutic Gardening: A Factor in Choosing Healthcare Facilities -- Reiman Gardens
When choosing a healthcare facility, consider the outdoor environment. Well-designed landscapes provide therapeutic benefits to physical, emotional, and mental health. Here are nine features to look
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CD-DIAL Community Development Data Information and Analysis Laboratory
CD-DIAL is a training and technical assistance unit within Sociology Extension at ISU that works with communities, organizations, and state and local agencies to assist and build decision-making capa
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll: 2005 Summary Report
The 2005 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll asked questions including future governmental support through the Farm Bill, the price of farmland, incentives for conservation, farm succession, state-level ec
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Iowa Planning and Zoning Legislation
Sections of the Iowa Code pertaining to Planning and Zoning are reprinted in 12 chapters in this publication. Information is current through the 2004 session of the Iowa General Assembly.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2004 Summary Report-Part 1
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding health insurance, future of farming, tax policy, water quality, and philanthropy.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2004 Summary Report-Part 2
Results of the 2004 farm and rural life poll regarding quality of life.
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The Local Planning Commission: Roles and Responsibilities -- Land Use Series
Not all Iowa communities take advantage of their latent planning powers. Learn how the land-use planning process can provide orderly development.
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Helping Communities Become Their Best
This brochure describes the services Extension to Communities provides: community leadership, community management, and community policy and design.
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Retail Trade Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties)
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2003 Summary Report
Highlights include opinions on community well-being, quality of life, and sense of community. Questions were also asked about biotechnology, food safety, GMOs, and more.
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Developing Dynamic Leaders -- Extension to Communities
This flyer describes Extension's six session Developing Dynamic Leaders program and explains how to get signed up. For anyone interested in civic and service organization participation.
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Organizing an Iowa Community Voices Program -- A Community Development Program For New Immigrants
Learn the keys to success in organizing this series of educational meetings designed to enhance the leadership skills of minorities and newly arrived immigrants.
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Iowa Community Voices Planning Worksheets
Two worksheets to help with planning the Community Voices Program.
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New Leadership Challenges for Local Government
Mid-sized cities and small towns are experiencing the fast pace and changes brought by new technologies and globalization. Find out how local government can respond.
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Child and Family Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties )
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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Older Iowans Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties)
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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A Zoning Option for Small Communities -- Land Use Series
Learn about the pros and cons of restricted residence districts for smaller communities.
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Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties)
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2002 Summary Report
Survey results from almost 2,000 farmers in 2002 regarding crop and livestock issues and quality of life in Iowa.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll -- 2001 Summary Report
Highlights regarding community and economic development, among other survey questions, as reported in this 2001 summary.
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The Impact of Immigration on Small- to Mid-Sized Iowa Communities -- A Citizens' Guide for Change
Case studies of the impacts of immigration on the following Iowa communities: Columbus Junction, Lenox, Perry, and Marshalltown. Topics include housing, schools, social issues, health, language, merch
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Rights in Property and Land Use Regulation: Tradition and Tension in a Changing World -- Land Use Series
Learn about achieving balance between personal property rights and the common good.
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Sprawl and Growth Management -- Land Use Series
Iowa's open spaces invite unmanaged land development. Learn what tools exist to control growth.
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The Comprehensive Plan -- Land Use Series
Creating a comprehensive land use plan requires detailed professional involvement and significant public input.
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The Zoning Ordinance -- Land Use Series
Evenhanded administration of a carefully drafted zoning ordinance is one of the best ways to ensure a livable, attractive city or county. Learn more.
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Resident-led Watershed Management
Resident-led watershed groups can voluntarily work together to develop local policies and practices that protect the health of their waters. Learn to organize local farmers, businesses, natural resour
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Employment and Earnings Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties)
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 2000 Summary Report
Survey results from nearly 5,000 farmers in 2000 highlighted the following topics: biotechnology, food safety and health, transgenic hybrids, average distance traveled to obtain services (business, c
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Purposeful Partnerships in the Community Interest
Teamwork among citizens, private groups, and public agencies is the key to many successful community projects. How can communities develop purposeful partnerships that benefit community interests whil
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Selecting Members for Planning and Zoning Commissions
This publication provides community development specialists with a sample resolution used by an Iowa county, as a simple way to create and maintain a planning and zoning commission.
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An Explanation of Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code - County Zoning in Iowa
Chapter 335 of the Iowa Code delegates zoning authority to counties, which helps give direction in developing and controlling future growth. This publication is a resource for Iowa county officials an
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Glossary of Common Planning and Zoning Terms
More than 150 common planning and zoning terms are defined.
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An Explanation of Chapter 414 of the Iowa Code - Municipal Zoning in Iowa
This publication assists city officials and other interested citizens in understanding Iowa zoning laws.
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Powers of the Board of Adjustment
The three powers of the board of adjustment are interpretation of the zoning ordinance, the power to grant special exceptions, and the authority to grant variances.
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Statutory Powers of Boards of Adjustment to Grant Variances and Special Exceptions
This publication describes the statutory powers of city and county boards of adjustment to grant variances and special exceptions that are set forth in Iowa Code Sections 358A.15 (relating to county
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Administrative Rules for Boards of Adjustment - An Example
This publication is included in the Planning and Zoning Notebook. It provides an example of rules that might be adopted by a local board of adjustment.
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Planning and Zoning Commission - Its Role and an Example of Administrative Rules
The planning and zoning commission is appointed by the legislative body and has three basic advisory responsibilities on matters affecting local zoning. This publication describes these responsibilit
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll 1999 Summary Report
Results of the 1999 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll with the primary focus on how farm families are coping with current conditions and what they expect in the next decade.
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Agricultural Data for Decision Makers (All 99 Counties)
Additional data can be obtained from the Office of Social and Economic Trend Analysis.
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Hometown Health brochure
This brochure provides an overview of “Hometown Health,” a step-by-step model for community-based health planning. It outlines expected outcomes of the model and can be of interest for community deve
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Building Communities for Tomorrow
Building community leadership and assisting with strategic planning are among the benefits of this program.
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 1998 Summary Report
Results of the 1998 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll; highlights include information technology on Iowa farms, opinions on economic development, ranking of state and national issues, precision farming, q
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Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll - 1997 Summary Report
Results of the 1997 Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll regarding risk, health issues, perceptions of well-being, job and work satisfaction, perceived financial situation, new technologies, and off-farm em
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My Heritage - Citizenship - Year 5
My Heritage helps members learn about family heritage through developing a family tree. The accompanying leaders guide is: 4H 0282 LDR - Exploring Citizenship
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My Community -- Exploring Citzenship Unit IV
My Community opens the doors for community understanding and involvement. The accompanying leaders guide is: The accompanying leaders guide is: 4H 0282 LDR - Exploring Citizenship
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My Clubs and Groups -- Exploring Citizenship Unit III (Youth) for Juniors -- Year 3
My Clubs and Groups helps 4-H members learn to function in organized groups so that they can be more effective participants. The accompanying leaders guide is: 4H 0282 LDR - Exploring Citizenship
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Exploring Citizenship -- Leader's Guide
The Helper's Guide will help you support youth set goals and complete activities, as well as providing resources for the member's to use in completing the series.
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Me, My Family and My Friends -- Exploring Citizenship Unit I
Me, My Family & My Friends focuses on self identity, self-acceptance, and relations with family and friends. The accompanying leaders guide is: 4H 0282 LDR - Exploring Citizenship
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My Neighborhood -- Exploring Citizenship Unit II
My Neighborhood is focused beyond the family and friends and goes into the neighborhood and school. The accompanying leaders guide is: 4H 0282 LDR - Exploring Citizenship
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