• Christian Lutz of Independence has been appointed to serve on the Empowering Rural Iowa Initiative

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    September 07, 2018
    Christian Lutz of Independence has been recently appointed by Governor Reynolds to serve on the Empowering Rural Iowa Initiative for a 2-year term.  Specifically, he will serve on the Growing Rural Iowa task force.

    This particular task force is charged with considering ideas, policies, and initiatives designed to encourage and develop the next generation of leadership for rural communities and to encourage community strategic planning.  The group may also consider initiatives impacting rural quality of life, strategies for retaining talent in rural communities, and bringing back former Iowans.

    Other task forces will examine Investing in Rural Iowa (ways to increase rural investment, create or strengthen partnerships to fully leverage investment efforts, and access to quality housing) and Connecting Rural Iowa (effective and sustainable broadband connectivity).

    Each task force will be hosting an “Ideas Summit” and submitting a report of initial recommendations to the Initiative’s Executive Committee, who in turn, will submit an initial report to the Governor by the end of the year.  Each task force will make annual recommendations thereafter.

    Out of nearly 180 applications received in a two-week window, only 66 individuals were selected to serve on the Initiative's task forces.  Christian was the only chamber of commerce executive selected.
     
    Those living in rural Iowa are encouraged to participate by submitting ideas to empower rural Iowa for any of the three task forces to examine.  To do so, visit the website below:
     
     
    and look for the “Submit your idea” link.  You can also read about the ideas that have already been submitted in the “Ideas from Iowans” section.