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Governor Taps IRDC to Assist “Empower Rural Iowa” Initiative

WINTERSET, Ia. — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order on Wednesday that sets a rural empowerment effort, with the Iowa Rural Development Council playing a key role.  The Empower Rural Iowa Initiative brings the Governor’s office together with the Rural Development Council to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that... Read More →

Rural Communities Score in CBDG Funding!

July 16, 2018 (Des Moines) – Awards totaling $9.6 million were announced today for 32 communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support community investment projects. The federally funded grants were awarded for community facilities, downtown revitalization and single... Read More →

AARP Community Grants Available!

AARP is encouraging applications for the second annual AARP Community Challenge “quick action” grant program. Applications will be accepted until 5 pm ET, May 16, 2018. Projects must be completed by November 5, 2018. To learn more, see examples of previous funded projects, and apply, please visit www.AARP.org/CommunityChallenge. The program... Read More →

Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date

September 22, 2017 Contact: Bill Menner 641-990-4757; bill@billmennergroup.com Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date GRINNELL, IOWA – The Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has selected former USDA Rural Development state director Bill Menner to serve as its executive director and has announced it will hold its... Read More →

Iowa Rural Development Hosts First Summit, Attracts Huge Crowd!

  Iowa Rural Development Hosts First Summit, Attracts Huge Crowd! The Iowa Rural Development Council stepped outside its comfort zone in 2016, moving from an information-sharing organization to resource provider and catalyst for identifying and addressing rural issues. IRDC developed a plan to bring rural residents together to discuss the... Read More →