Several local residents have been named to the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative task forces.
Last month, Governor Kim Reynolds signed Executive Order No. 3, creating the initiative. She invited Iowans to apply for membership on the three task forces – the Investing in Rural Iowa Task Force, the Growing Rural Iowa Task Force and the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force. Iowans had two weeks to apply, with nearly 180 applications coming in.
Local residents chosen for the task forces include Mark Reinig of Elkader, who was named to the Investing in Rural Iowa Task Force; Christian Lutz of Independence, who will serve on the Growing Rural Iowa Task Force; and Patricia Manuel of Olin, who was named to the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force.
Senator Tod Bowman of Maquoketa will serve on the Investing in Rural Iowa Task Force as one of five ex-officios.
The initiative will kick off in September with three Ideas Summits.
There are also several ways the public can get involved. The Ideas Summits will be open to all Iowans and will include time for public comment. Those who can’t attend will be able to submit their ideas online at iowa.gov/rural, with the website also including more information on the meetings and news.