Second Rural Summit Sees Energy, Commitment!
Some 70 communities and 331 individuals descended upon an old junior high school in Grinnell April 5-6… and it would appear they didn’t mind one bit!
The second-ever Iowa Rural Development Summit, hosted by the Iowa Rural Development Council, featured two days of keynote addresses, workshops and break-out sessions. Held at the Hotel Grinnell, which opened last year in the 1920s-era former Grinnell Junior High, the Summit sought to assist small towns and rural places identify their priorities, plan for their futures and build their capacity to address these needs.
Highlighting issues ranging from people (diversity, workforce, multi-generational communities), place (facilities, broadband, art & culture), leadership (both “growing” leaders and empowering them) and housing (every conceivable category) allowed attendees to focus on topics that most concern their community.
Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg and Economic Development Director Debi Durham also addressed the Summit, touting their efforts to support small towns and focus resources on them.
The Summit was held at a key time for the Rural Development Council. It has a part-time executive director, former USDA Rural Development state director Bill Menner. It has a new home, 807 4th Avenue, Grinnell, IA 50112, which is an office provided by IRDC sponsor Trusted Energy.
And, the IRDC has this fabulous new website, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms, developed by sponsor M2K Marketing.
A key to the IRDC’s future as a statewide advocate for rural places and rural people is the willingness of other partners and supporters to make financial commitments. More information is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.