Iowa Rural Summit 2020 - A Virtual Experience


August 20th - August 21st, 2020


Online via Zoom Platform!

Summit Highlights from 2019

  • Housing Development in Rural Iowa – “Raising Rooftops”
  • Speaker Session: How Broadband Effects the Local Economy Presented by John Smith, Mayor of Townsville
  • Empower Rural Iowa – What We’ve Learned and What Comes Next
  • Speaker Session: Growing Our Rural Communities Presented by Governor Reynolds
  • Key Issues Confronting Rural Communities: Iowa Case Studies
  • Working Session: Steps to Effective Strategic Planning


Summit Speakers

The People Builder

Steve Siemens

The People Builder

Steve Siemens, The People Builder, located in Des Moines, Iowa has “built” people in every state in the United States plus 22 different countries. He is a highly sought after speaker as well as a very creative author of three books. His unique wit, wisdom, and common sense gives each audience tools, skills, and the encouragement to go to the next level.
Artist and Author

David Williamson

Artist and Author

David Williamson is a professional artist and poet. At 17, he was one of the founding members of THE BUSHMEN, a local rock band from Jefferson, IA. In 2018, he and his band-mates were inducted into The Iowa Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame after 50+ years of songwriting and performing.
Owner, Inspired Media

Benji Nichols

Owner, Inspired Media

Benji Nichols is an Iowa boomerang who set out to tour the world in the concert industry and found his way back over a decade later. He and his wife, Aryn,have been publishing Inspire(d) Magazine since 2007, focusing on the positive people, places, and businesses of the Driftless Region. He has a strong background in communications and a passion for community and civic work,