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Weaton elected ABI officer; Harkin recognized as Rural Champion

Jul 08, 2013

Weaton elected ABI officer

Lori Weaton, director of business development for Agri-Industrial Plastics in Fairfield, was recently elected as secretary of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s Executive Committee.

Weaton’s term is began July 1.

In addition to her involvement with the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Weaton serves as president of the Fairfield Economic Development Association and is a member of Fairfield’s Project Lead the Way and the First Presbyterian Church.


Harkin recognized as Rural Champion

BETHESDA, Md. — The National Rural Assembly recently announced Rural Champion awards recognizing six United States senators and representatives for their consistent extraordinary service on behalf of rural people and communities.

The awards were given for the first time. Sen. Tom Harkin was recognized for his tireless service to rural people and communities.

Other honorees were U.S. senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Tim Johnson of South Dakota, as well as U.S. representatives James Clyburn of South Carolina and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi.

The National Rural Assembly is an alliance of more than 500 individuals and local, regional and national organizations, based in 47 states and the District of Columbia, working in a variety of fields including health, education, housing, community development, arts and culture. All are dedicated to building a stronger more vibrant rural America for children, families and communities. Its guiding principle is that an inclusive prospering rural America leads to an inclusive prospering America.

The Rural Champion awards were given in connection with the 2013 National Rural Assembly gathering, “Building an Inclusive Nation,” June 23-26 at the Marriott North Bethesda which was attended by some 180 participants and addressed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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