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ISU Extension to build brand new office in Sioux City

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) Officials want Woodbury County's Iowa State University Extension office to be more visible in the community.

The Sioux City office applies research from the campus in Ames to our local communities.

Programs range from food safety and nutrition to gardening demonstrations and agricultural outreach.

They've outgrown their space inside the Central Professional Center out by the mall.

Now, plans are in the works to open a brand new building on Southern Hills Drive, between the Southern Baptist Church and Candlewood Suites.

"It's not obvious. People have to look to find Extension now, and I think once we have our own building, people will know where Extension is,” said Carrie Radloff, a council member for he ISU Extension.

Eighteen employees work out of the office under cramped conditions.

The current space limits the amount of programming they can do and the number of people who can participate because the conference room only holds 30 people.  However, the new building will be nearly twice the size.

"It's just limiting the kinds of education that we can offer and the way that we can. Instead of just demonstrating people will be able to actually do it themselves,” said ISU Extension Program Coordinator Adrienne Jansen.

The new building will feature a learning kitchen, gardens, and a community classroom that can seat up to 100 people.

ISU is hoping to raise $300,000 toward the one-point-two million dollar project, before ground is broken this spring.

Construction is set to be complete in October.

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