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Rural Summit to Welcome 230 Attendees, 60+ Rural Communities

The 5th annual Iowa Rural Summit will kick off tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday August 18, with more than 200 attendees from every corner of the state.

The Summit, hosted by the Iowa Rural Development Council, will feature site visits to rural businesses, keynote speakers, panel discussions and break-out sessions focused on topics ranging from agriculture and arts to child care to public infrastructure.

Rural Summit 2021 Final Agenda

The 230 registered attendees will descend on the Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids, a venue owned and operated by Kirkwood Community College and run in part by students in the school’s hospitality and culinary programs.  The Summit attracted leaders from these rural towns and regions.

Adams County; Algona; Atlantic; Bedford; Benton County; Brooklyn; Charles City; Clarinda; Clarion; Cooper; Crawford County; Creston; Decorah; Elkader; Estherville; Forest City; Franklin County; Glenwood; Grinnell; Hasting; Hull; Ida County; Independence; Jefferson; Jewell; Kalona; Keosauqua; Knoxville; Lake Mills; Lamoni; Leon; Malvern; Manning; Maquoketa; Marengo; Marion County; Mediapolis; Mitchell County; Monticello; Mount Ayr; Muscatine; Nevada; New Market; Oakland; Ottumwa; Pocahontas; Postville; Preston; Primghar; Sheffield; Shelby County; Sibley; Slater; Stanton; Storm Lake; Villisca; Waukon; Wayne County; Webster City; West Liberty; Williamsburg; Wright County


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