Northwest Iowa — Three northwest Iowans have been named by Governor Kim Reynolds to serve on new “Empower Rural Iowa” task forces.
Governor Reynolds named Kiana Johnson of Primghar to the Investing in Rural Iowa Task Force, and named Ryan Boone of Sioux Center, and Steve Simons of Larchwood to the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force. The third task force is the Growing Rural Iowa Task Force, and doesn’t include anyone from the KIWA listening area.
“Idea summits” will be held in September as the three new Empower Rural Iowa task forces examine ways to elevate rural leaders, boost broadband access and make more housing available in rural Iowa. Nearly 180 Iowans applied to participate and about half were appointed by the governor.
Iowans may submit ideas online or testify at one of three “summits.” The first is scheduled for September 6th in Holstein and will focus on connecting more Iowans to broadband service. The second will be held September 7th in Mount Pleasant and explore ways to spark strategic planning and development of new leaders in rural Iowa. The third will be held in Earlham on September 14th and focus on getting more investment into rural Iowa, particularly in housing.
Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg says Iowans can submit ideas online by visiting the Lieutenant Governor’s website.