Strategic Planning

Planning for a Vibrant Rural Community

Strategic planning is a core element of any rural community’s evolution.  As one wise person observed, “If you’re not moving, you’re standing still.”  Models for rural strategic planning exist, as well as resources available to assist in those efforts.

Resources and Partners

Sometimes the idea of “planning” or “being a planner” can be intimidating.  But it doesn’t take a degree or a certification to be thoughtful about the future!

There are many organizations and entities in Iowa who can help a rural community or organization plan for the future.

Case Studies and News Items

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 →

Perry’s Strategic Vision Highlights Council, Empower Meeting

The final meeting of both the Iowa Rural Development Council and the Empower Rural Iowa task force was one that left attendees amazed at what a community of 7,500 can accomplish. The day-long gathering was held in La Poste, an event space developed in the city’s historic former post office. ... Read More →