The Ones Strengthening the Heartland
Jay N. Darling Institute
Not only does Drake draw strength from its location within Iowa’s largest urban area, but it’s also in the center of Iowa’s nearly 950 towns and cities. The Jay N. Darling Institute will create partnerships between Drake and the people of rural communities to help bolster the economic, social, and cultural vibrancy of rural America.
A Leg Up
Residents had to drive 50 miles round trip for fresh produce when the only grocery store in Manson, Iowa, closed. A group of community members acted. This story shows how Drake can collaborate with rural community members; offering resources, knowledge, and support to create solutions for a more sustainable, competitive, and resilient rural America.