Iowa Rural Summit 2024 - Our 8th Celebration of Rural Places!!


April 11-12, 2024


Gateway Hotel, Ames

AMES, IOWA – Almost 350 individuals descended upon the 8th annual Iowa Rural Summit, held April 11-12, at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, Ames IA. And the two days provided an important glimpse at the great things happening in small towns across the state.

Rural communities were once again being asked to bring a three-person team to the Summit, an approach that had helped generate post-Summit momentum in previous years for those places that were represented. 

The Summit is sponsored by the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC), a public-private statewide non-profit that works to support small towns addressing issues such as housing, broadband access, business development and leadership.


Rural Summit 2024 Final




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Summit Highlights from Iowa Rural Summit 2023

  • FINDing Rural Dentists
  • Child Care Success Stories in Rural Iowa
  • Public Libraries Driving Rural Innovation
  • Celebrating 5 Years of Rural Businesses in GS 10,000 Small Business Program
  • Rural Hospitals as Economic Engines


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