Pocahontas County Receives Empower Rural Iowa Funding for Kaleidoscopes Project

An area county’s economic development organization is among several recipients of a Rural Enrichment Grant.

Pocahontas County Economic Development is receiving 16-thousand dollars in funding to go toward a kaleidoscope project. The Pocahontas County Leadership class of this year, Inspire PoCo, came up with the idea to have a unique, life-sized kaleidoscope in each of the nine communities in Pocahontas County. The group chose kaleidoscopes because of The Kaleidoscope Factory located in the City of Pocahontas. Inspire PoCo believes installing the kaleidoscopes will give people of all ages a reason to better explore Pocahontas County. The total cost of the project is $24,500.

A total of 470-thousand dollars worth of rural development grants are being awarded by Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The grant awards will support rural initiatives including childcare, housing, and leadership development. The grants are part of the Governor’s Empower Rural Iowa Initiative. Since it’s inception five years ago, Empower Rural Iowa has developed policies that positively impact rural communities through grant funding, creative programming, and advocacy that drives investment, growth, and connectivity in rural Iowa.


Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt

Kathleen “Kay” Schmitt passed away peacefully at her home on the afternoon of June 18, 2024, surrounded by her three daughters.

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