FMTC’s Cabbage among “Rural Heroes” honored at Iowa Rural Summit
The fifth Annual Iowa Rural Summit last week included a first-ever recognition of “rural heroes” – and FMTC General Manager/CEO Kevin Cabbage was one of the 13 individuals honored on Thursday evening, Aug. 19, at Kirkwood Community College.
The Rural Summit brings together leaders from small towns across Iowa each year, and this year’s event included a Rural Recognition ceremony that paid tribute to a group of individuals who have made a difference in their rural community or region.
“Kevin was selected for his impact in Stanton and across the FMTC service territory,” said Mark Reinig, board chairman of the Iowa Rural Development Council which hosts the annual Rural Summit. “His work – from broadband to child care to downtown development - shows how small towns can thrive through great leadership and innovative projects.”
Cabbage commented he doesn’t like being personally acknowledged for work being done by FMTC and the Community of Stanton, as it is a combined effort.
With a crowd of more than 200 individuals from 60 different small towns, the Iowa Rural Summit addressed issues ranging from arts and culture to child care to entrepreneurship. The 2022 Summit will be held April 12-13 in Ames.
Other honorees included Duane Asbe, Clarion; Barb Baker, Grinnell; Beth Bilyeu, Forest City; Evan Blakely, Dension; Jim Erb, Charles City; Lora Friest, Decorah; David Heiar, Maquoketa; Lyle Hevern, Estherville; Bill Morain; Carla and Chuck Offenburger, Cooper; Peg Raney, Jefferson; Beth Waddell, Corning.