Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will attend a joint meeting Wednesday of the Iowa Rural Development Council and Empower Rural Iowa Task Force at La Poste in Perry.
Gregg will attend the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) meeting, which starts at 10 a.m., and the joint meeting will convene at 2 p.m. at 1219 Warford St.
The meeting will include remarks from IRDC Chair Sandy Ehrig, Lt. Gov. Gregg and Gov. Reynolds, followed by Connect Task Force recommendations, Grow Task Force recommendations and Invest Task Force recommendations.
The Perry event is sponsored by Perry Economic Development Inc., Perry Industries Inc., Raccoon Valley Bank and Minburn Communications.
The IRDC was created as part of the 1992 Farm Bill. Federal funding ceased in 2005, but the organization has remained active through private-public support. The IRDC executive director is Bill Menner, former state director of the USDA Rural Development office.
Current IRDC sponsors include the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Unity Point Health, Alliant Energy, Grinnell Mutual, IADG Community Foundation, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa State University, MercyOne, MidAmerican Energy, Aureon, BKD LLP, Delta Dental, Des Moines Area Community College, Farmers Mutual Telephone Co., Gilbert Plumbing and Heating, ITC Midwest, Iowa Area Development Group, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Bankers Association, Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Communications Alliance, McClure, Pillar Technology, The Bill Menner Group, Trusted Energy, University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Black Hills Energy, Dorsey and Whitney LLP, Lincoln Savings Bank, Manning Municipal Light Plant, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, VITAL Financial Services, ASI Signage, Mount Ayr, Community Bankers of Iowa, Iowa Biotechnology Association, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa Association of Councils of Government, Iowa Habitat for Humanity, JEO Consulting, Keep Iowa Beautiful and U.S. Small Business Administration.