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.

  • Northeast Iowa RC&D was announced as one of three members of an elite place-based flood prevention model made possible through the American Flood Coalition (AFC).  The RC&D along with the two other awardees, The Coalition for Environment, Equality, and Resilience in Harris County Texas, and......

  • The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs notified Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) this week that their project Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour Reimagined was awarded IDCA Art Project Funding. Through the project, a partnership with Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, the RC&D will......

  • At the (IDCA) Iowa Department of Cultural Affair’s 2020 Virtual Iowa Arts Summit on August 7, 2020, Northeast Iowa RC&D was honored with the Governor’s Arts Award for their “Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative”. The RC&D was one of three recipients selected by a......

  • Planning a field trip with their students is harder for educators then ever. Therefore, Northeast Iowa RC&D is developing a virtual tour of their Regional Urban Stormwater Demonstration Site. The virtual tour will be shared with educators throughout Northeast Iowa. Grants are also available for......

  • 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....