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Summit Registration Open for Community Teams

Teams of up to five people can now register for the 2020 VIRTUAL Iowa Rural Summit, to be held online August 20-21. While individuals will pay $50 apiece to register, rural communities can have a team of up to five people register for only $150 for the two half-day event, which begins... Read More →

Iowa to Launch Small Business Grant Program

DSM Register: Iowa offering small businesses up to $25,000 in state grants to stay afloat during coronavirus pandemic Small businesses can apply for up to $25,000 in state grants to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced at a news conference. The money comes from about... Read More →

Recognize an Outstanding Iowa Rural Leader – Nominations Open

The Iowa Rural Development Council is looking to tip its hat to those who are making a tremendous impact on rural Iowa! And it will use the 2020 Iowa Rural Summit as a venue for that recognition! Nominate Iowa businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and communities that have had a significant impact... Read More →

2020 Iowa Rural Summit Postponed Until August

March 19, 2020 For Immediate Release Contact: Bill Menner, 641-990-4757   2020 Iowa Rural Summit Postponed Until August Virus Prompts New Date, Highlights Likely New Topics   GRINNELL, IOWA – The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) executive committee is pushing back its 4th annual Iowa Rural Summit until August in... Read More →

SBA: Important Information for Small Businesses in Iowa Affected by COVID-19

Important Information for Small Businesses in Iowa Affected by COVID-19 – Latest Update on SBA Disaster Assistance (as of March 16, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. CST) IOWA COORD_Public_List For Homeland Security and Emergency Management printed March 16 2020 HANDOUT_SBA Disaster Assistance_Resources for Businesses Spanish March 16 2020HANDOUT_SBA Disaster Assistance_Resources for... Read More →

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 →