Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development works with partners from throughout our region to explore natural resource based economic development opportunities while at the same time protecting and enhancing natural resources. Our mission is to recognize opportunities and provide leadership to make Northeast Iowa a vibrant, place-based model for the nation!

We love the people, places, and local systems that make Northeast Iowa unique and special. We work on projects that are locally conceived, with partners that are passionate and creative. Our organization uses a bottom-up approach to economic development and natural resource enhancement that involves and empowers citizens rather than a top-down approach that dictates solutions. Northeast Iowa RC&D stands beside partners, first empowering them and recognizing their talents, gifts and knowledge, and then providing our expertise.

  • Through a rural assistance program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, the RC&D has been honored to engage with Postville residents and leaders in a multi-year process of visioning and planning for the future of the town. The resulting Postville Brownfield Area-Wide Plan (PDF) is the product of conversations with members of all of the diverse communities that call Postville home, as well as hours of research and analysis about effective rural community development. Their input informed a blueprint for how Postville can come together to create a more vibrant, inclusive, and business-friendly town using its existing resources and strengths. ...

  • As of May 20th, we are no longer taking applications. Northeast Iowa RC&D is administering a donor sponsored fund to help small businesses in Decorah impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide up to $500 stipends to qualifying businesses based on need as funding allows. It is anticipated that need will outpace the fund, but we are hoping to help as many as possible....

  • Northeast Iowa RC&D staff members Amanda Streeper, Jared Nielsen, Austin Feuerhelm, and Mallory Hanson had the opportunity to attend the Iowa Tourism Conference March 2-4. The conference was an excellent way for RC&D staff to engage with state influencers and our local partners. This year’s......

  • Through a series of local partnerships and the talents of local artist Mary Ann Gloe, six of Northeast Iowa’s state parks and natural areas are being recognized in the latest exhibition of the ‘Art at the Library’ series featured at the State Library of Iowa. The unveiling of Ms. Gloe’s paintings at the State Capitol Law Library, a project commissioned by Northeast Iowa RC&D, coincides with the Iowa State Parks Centennial Celebration. This celebration, a partnership between the Iowa DNR and the Iowa Tourism Office, aims to enhance appreciation for these Iowa treasures, as well as encourage increased visitation and stewardship of Iowa’s State Parks....

  • Vendor Handouts to make being a manager a little easier.

    The Iowa Farmers Market Manager Handbook with broad best practices, ideas, and encouragement from real Iowa farmers market managers.

    Videos trainings that took place around the State of Iowa, featuring an experienced market manager and vendor providing their insight.

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  • Northeast Iowa RC&D will welcome Postville residents to learn about current and future projects in Postville and take a look at their recent site work during an open house on Thursday, September 19th from 5:00 to 7:00pm. The site, across from city hall at 101......