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 →

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 The program... Read More →

Iowa Rural Council Picks Staff, Sets Summit Site and Date

September 22, 2017 Contact: Bill Menner 641-990-4757; 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 →