Registration Opens Feb 15 for 2023 Iowa Rural Summit

AMES, IOWA – Registration opens February 15 for the 7th annual Iowa Rural Summit, to be held April 11-12 at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames IA. Past years’ gatherings of leaders from rural communities from across the state have drawn crowds of almost 400. Rural communities are once... Read More →

IRDC Zoominar with Mary Lawyer of Wellmark Recording Available

If you missed the Dec 9, 2022, Zoominar with Mary Lawyer of Wellmark – the recording can be found here: Mary discussed rural community vitality in the aspect of allowing rural residents the ability to enjoy long, happy, healthy lives!  Mary is Wellmark Director of Community Health Improvement and Foundation Director... Read More →

IRDC Zoominar – ISU Extension Past, Present and Future

ISU Extension and Outreach Vice President John Lawrence is preparing to retire early next year, but took an hour to talk about his last 30+ years at Iowa State, its preeminence as a land-grant institution, and the impact Extension is making across the state. John’s power point is HERE The... Read More →

IRDC Zoominar – Philanthropy and Rural Iowa

On a drive through rural Iowa, you may see a new mural, a restored historical building, or a lively festival or farmer’s market. What isn’t visible to the eye is the philanthropic dollars used to support many of the things that make Iowa communities great places to live, work, raise... Read More →

August IRDC Zoominar Focuses on Rural Healthcare Workforce

More than 50 members joined in for the August IRDC Zoominar with Kady Reese of the Iowa Medical Society.  Kady talked about the expansive effort to address healthcare workforce shortages and the strategic plan being implemented. Here is the recording of the Zoominar.   And here is Kady’s IRDC HCW... Read More →

July Zoominar Tells NewBoCo Story

NewBoCo Executive Director Aaron Horn was our guest last month for the IRDC Zoominar, sharing the history and rural-focused efforts of this Cedar Rapids-based tech incubator. Here is a link to the Zoom recording of his presentation. Aaron’s slide deck is attached. IRDC – NewBoCo and Community Partnership Pilots.pptx (1)

May’s IRDC Zoominar Dives into Rural Child Care

Thanks to Angie Duncan of First Children’s Finance for a spellbinding 60-minute “Zoominar” on the steps, partners and pieces necessary for development of child care operations and facilities in a rural place. Some 50+ IRDC partners were on hand for the session.  The recording of (most) of Angie’s Zoom presentation... Read More →