Iowa State University Outreach & Extension Partnership
The League partners with the Iowa State University Extension & Outreach’s Community & Economic Development Program (CED). Two staff members share responsibilities between the League and CED, and this partnership brings an abundance of mutual benefits. Some of the collaborative projects are featured below.
City Outstanding Debt Obligation Report
Each city with recorded debt obligation has its own report, and in each report there is a breakdown of their local debt, comparison to a peer group of by population range, and comparison to the statewide average. Once you land on ISU’s webpage, it’s the fourth item on the page.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has released its updated City Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports for FY 2020 through its Iowa Government Finance Initiative. An important aspect of this program is to provide Iowa cities with the annual fiscal condition and trends reports that track their financial performance over time.
The League received a three-year grant sub-award as a part of the Rural Shrink Smart project, led by Iowa State University and funded by the National Science Foundation. This grant explores small and shrinking rural communities in Iowa that have been able to protect the quality of life and community services for their residents even as they lose population. The League serves as the grant’s “Community Partner.”