Here’s what’s made headlines around the state during the week of Monday, Oct. 30—Friday, Nov. 3, 2017:


JDRF artwork & proclamationMonday, October 30, 2017

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday declaring Nov. 1, 2017, as Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Day in Iowa. The governor also unveiled new artwork created using handprints of JDRF Greater Iowa Youth Ambassadors. The colorful canvas will hang in the carriage house at Terrace Hill during the month of November. 


5210 Healthy Choices Count press conferenceTuesday, October 31, 2017

The governor, along with Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, held her weekly press conference at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ames Tuesday, announcing a new statewide childhood health program called “5210 – Healthy Choices Count.” It’s a public-private partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative and the Iowa Department of Public Health. Read more about the campaign here.


The governor and lt. governor traveled to Albia Tuesday to cap off National Arts and Humanities Month, celebrate Iowa culture and help mark two big anniversaries: 50 years for the Iowa Arts Council and 160 years for the State Historical Society of Iowa. Read more about the celebration here.


​​Curious Kids Day Care Center ribbon cuttingNext up were several stops in Centerville. Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg attended a ribbon cutting for Curious Kids Day Care Center. The new facility serves families of Lee Container employees, along with other Centerville-area families.


RMA Armament tourThe governor and lt. governor then toured Lee Container’s plant where the company makes plastic containers. They also toured RMA Armament, a manufacturer that produces body armor. The company was recently honored at the White House for their American made product. Read more about the visits here.



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Ideal Solar Energy tourGov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Gregg stopped in Fairfield Wednesday to tour Ideal Energy Solar, a company contributing to Iowa’s renewable energy leadership. The governor and lt. governor learned how Ideal Energy helps other businesses innovate with energy and generate savings to invest back in their operations.


In Mount Pleasant, the governor and lt. governor visited Main Street to see the town’s downtown growth. Read more about their visit here.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, Gov. Reynolds signed several proclamations including Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week, Iowa Peace Week, National Veterans Small Business Week and Perioperative Nurse Week.


Friday, November 2, 2017

Anamosa apprenticeship programThe governor and lt. governor traveled to the state penitentiary in Anamosa Friday to see the state's largest apprenticeship program in action. They also participated in a roundtable discussion with many of the program's stakeholders to talk about what makes it successful and where it could go in the future. For pictures of the event, click here.