Registration Opens for 2020 Iowa Rural Summit

February 7, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Menner, 641-990-4757     Registration Opens for 2020 Iowa Rural Summit Gathering to Focus on Small-Town Challenges, Opportunities   CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Registration opens January 20th for the fourth annual Iowa Rural Summit, to be held April 29-May 1 at the... Read More →

IRDC Launches New Website

The Iowa Rural Development Council is pleased to unveil its new website,  which was created by the talented team at Big Imprint, a West Liberty-based websites and marketing firm. “We are thrilled to have Ethan Anderson and the Big Imprint designers on our team,” said IRDC Chair Sandy Ehrig.  “We... Read More →

ITC Midwest, IRDC Launch New Grant Program

ITC Midwest and the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) today launched the Power of Connection Community Grant Program to facilitate economic development in rural communities across Iowa. The announcement was made at the IRDC’s meeting held in Perry. This innovative economic development program is designed to pair rural communities seeking... Read More →

IRDC and IPR Partner for “Iowa in Focus” Series

IRDC has partnered with Iowa Public Radio for their Iowa In Focus series, centered around the state’s shifting population. This series, beginning August 26 and running through August 30, will take a look at some of the factors that affect whether a community grows or shrinks. Visit and follow... Read More →

Governor Signs ‘Empower Rural Iowa’ Bill

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds used the backdrop of the Wilton Candy Kitchen to sign legislation that provides state funds for rural housing and broadband. An article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette provides more information. Members of the ‘Empower Rural Iowa’ task force and the Iowa Rural Development Council joined Governor... Read More →

Iowa Rural Summit Agenda

Wed April 10 12:00-5:00          Early Registration                              Hotel Grinnell, First Floor 1:00-4:00            Housing Development in Rural Iowa – “Raising Rooftops,” Drake Public Library, 930 Park Street                              •Getting Ready for New Housing                              •Collaborating to Build Workforce Housing                              •Overcoming Internal Obstacles 1:00-4:00            Downtown Grinnell Historic District walking tours.  Guided... Read More →