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Rural Leaders to Focus on Development Next Week

GRINNELL, IOWA – Leaders from more than 75 Iowa rural communities will gather in Grinnell next week to seek solutions to issues confronting them and share ideas and successes. The third Iowa Rural Development Summit will be held in Grinnell April 10-12, bringing together elected officials, business leaders and community... Read More →

Summit to Welcome Governor, Lt Governor

Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt Governor Adam Gregg will be in Grinnell on Thursday, April 11 to attend the Iowa Rural Development Summit and help recognize recipients of the 2019 IEDA Community Catalyst awards.  The governor last year launched the Empower Rural Iowa initiative, asked Lt. Gov Gregg and Iowa... Read More →

Rural Community Revitalization Program Manager Position – IEDA

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) is seeking a Rural Community Revitalization (RCR) Program Manager to lead the state’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to make rural Iowa communities attractive places for people to live and work. The RCR Program Manager will be responsible for... Read More →

Governor, IRDC Prepare to Empower Rural Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds unveiled her Empower Rural Iowa task force at the Iowa State Fair last week.  And, she acknowledged the critical partnership her office will have with the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) in the newly-launched initiative. Empower Rural Iowa has 66 appointed members from across the state,... Read More →

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 →