Economic & Community Development Outreach in Iowa

The Institute for Decision Making (IDM) is the economic and community development outreach unit of Business and Community Services at the University of Northern Iowa.  IDM has a 30-year record of delivering tailored and innovative planning, technical assistance, applied research, and training to nearly 800 communities, economic development groups, chambers of commerce, state agencies/associations, convention and visitor bureaus, community planning groups and other similar not-for-profit organizations throughout Iowa.

IDM’s services include:

icon_hands   Strategic Planning and Facilitation

icon_megaphone   Marketing & Strategic Communication

icon_clipboard   Conducting Applied Community & Economic Development Research

icon_head   Guiding and Managing Organizations Effectively

icon_direction   Professional Development and Volunteer Training

icon_shake   Strengthening Regional Development Initiatives


“We have worked with IDM on multiple projects over the years and find them to be professional, thorough and complete in their processes and project outcomes. I would recommend anyone looking to “get their act together” make a contact with IDM first to make sure they haven’t already invented the wheel. You may be ahead of the game already.”
Bob Mundt, President/CEO, Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce
“I would strongly recommend IDM to all Iowa communities! Our group was hopping from project to project with little to no strategic direction. IDM was able to come in and guide us through a process that identified our mission, vision and an actionable plan that our board could pursue with vigor and confidence.”
Whitney Baethke, Director, Montezuma Community Development Corporation