KEOKUK – Dennis Fraise, COO of the Lee County Economic Development Group, was appointed Thursday to one of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Empower Rural Iowa task forces.
Gov. Kim Reynolds announced members on the three task forces on Thursday. Iowans had two weeks to apply, and in that time, the Governor’s Office received nearly 180 applications.
Fraise said he was excited to be a part of the Connecting Rural Iowa task force.
“I’m excited to be part of the Connecting Rural Iowa Task Force and look forward to collaborating and learning from my peers across Iowa. Rural Iowa is facing some serious challenges in the future. I applaud the Governor and Lt. Governor’s proactive approach to ensure a prosperous future for all Iowans,” commented Fraise.
“As a product of rural Iowa, it’s a passion of mine to preserve and celebrate our state’s rich rural heritage,” Gov. Reynolds said. “I’m very proud of the task force members I’m appointing today. They are solutions-oriented, experienced and passionate about rural Iowa.”
The initiative will kick off in September with three Ideas Summits. Task force members will be asked to come with a developed proposal on how to address the topic.
“The Governor has been very supportive of our Grow Lee Initiatives,” said Fraise. “This appointment is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of the entire Lee County EDG team to move Lee County and southeast Iowa ahead.”
“With the governor’s appointments to the task forces today, our work can begin in earnest,” Lt. Gov. Gregg said. “The governor said she was looking for solutions-oriented Iowans. We found them, and now we’re going to get to work!”
There are also several ways the public can get involved. The Ideas Summits will be open to all Iowans and include time for public comment.
Iowans who aren’t able to attend the Ideas Summits will be able to submit their ideas online at iowa.gov/rural. The website will also include more information on the task force members, meetings and news
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