Glidden Day Care Center Latest ITC/IRDC Grant Recipient

The Iowa Rural Development Council is pleased to announce another recipient of a Power of Connection grant. The program, intended to assist with planning/feasibility studies or project soft-costs is a partnership of IRDC and ITC Midwest. Our latest recipient is Lil’ Wildcat Education Center in Glidden, Iowa, which will get... Read More →

Iowa Women’s Foundation Releases New Child Care Data

Iowa Business and Child Care is a report released this week (10/13/20) that highlights the impact that access to child care has on Iowa business and the overall economy. The Iowa Rural Development Council featured rural child care case studies during its 2019 Rural Summit.  Child care is also emerging... Read More →

Iowa CIO Office Unveils New Broadband Maps

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 4, 2020 CONTACT: Gloria Van Rees, 515.782.3661 DES MOINES, Iowa —The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is excited to announce a new DRAFT 2020 broadband availability map of the State of Iowa has been published for public comment. The new map was created... Read More →

IRDC Announces Leadership, Executive Committee Changes

As a key leader looks to retirement, the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) executive committee has set a succession plan that will build on the momentum created through four Iowa Rural Summits and a growing membership base. IRDC, a statewide non-profit focused on rural vitality, has been led since 2016... Read More →

The Hill: A strong rural America starts with connectivity

Over the last several months, COVID-19 has changed our lives in a multitude of ways. Our routines were digitized almost overnight as business meetings transitioned to conference calls, classrooms became virtual meetings, and time spent with loved ones and friends became a luxury. While we all depend on broadband connectivity... Read More →

NE Iowa Telecommunications Company Profiles IRDC Exec Dir

You would be hard-pressed to find a stronger voice for rural development in Iowa than Bill Menner. For more than 30 years, Bill has been a fierce advocate and go-to expert for helping rural Iowa communities thrive… Bill Menner Shares His Perspective On Telehealth and Broadband Connectivity in Iowa

July 30, 2020 For Immediate Release   Rural Summit to Feature COVID-19 Small Business Innovation Session Panel to Describe Efforts in Bancroft, Manning and Spirit Lake   Grinnell, Iowa – The 4th Iowa Rural Summit, to be held virtually August 20-21, will include a wide-ranging discussion of small business efforts... Read More →

Complete Summit Agenda Released

Thursday, August 20 12:45pm            ZOOM Meeting Link Goes Live   1:00pm              Sparks of Inspiration of Summits Past:  Benji Nichols, Decorah   1:15pm              Visualize or Fossilize Your Community: Opening Keynote, Steve Siemens. Sponsored by ITC Midwest   1:55pm              Transition to Break-out Sessions   2:00pm              Break-out #1: Facilities and Projects Track  Small... Read More →