RC&D continues despite cut in federal funding
Iowa Lakes Resources Conservation & Development, an organization dedicated to rural economic development, is continuing despite a loss of federal funding.
Sheriffa Jones is now executive director after Jeff Kestel left that position for another in the Storm Lake field office of USDA/NRCS.
Among the major changes are that federal funding no longer pays the executive director’s salary, office supplies or vehicle. Instead, funding comes from administrative fees from grants.
“We’ll just continue as we have,” said Jones, who homes a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in nonprofit management.
Another difference the public might notice is that, in the past, if someone wanted a grant written, the local RC&D my have written it at no charge. Now, most grant writing requests will have to be fee-based.
Jones said the Iowa Lakes RC&D mission, vision and goals will remain the same, and the 501(c)3 organization will continue to serve O’Brien, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Emmet and Palo Alto counties with four board members each from those counties. Jones, who has done historical preservation consulting for the local RC&D for several years, will continue to offer that service. Business incubation will also continue to be a major focus.
Collaboration with other entities – such as Soil and Water Conservation Districts – will also continue.
Anyone who has an idea for a project with which the Iowa Lakes RC&D may assist may call Jones at (712) 262-2083.