MANNING, Iowa -- This past week rural Iowa has been under the spotlight, not just from President Obama, but also Governor Branstad. Obama visited Cedar Falls to highlight that town's rural high-speed connectivity. Branstad continues to recognize Iowa Certified Connected Communities. That means towns have taken inventory of their broadband and have at least a 10 megabit per second download.
Manning was one of those towns recognized, but the rural Carroll County town is now taking its internet speed to use as a recruiting tool. Manning has put out the call for Manning alumni to return home and take up telecommuting.
Ron Reischl moved back to his hometown Manning in 2009. Due to Manning's high-speed connection, Reischl was able to work for five years for IBM.
"Actually tele-commuted from home for five years here in the local area," said Reischl. "My primary contacts within IBM were in Rochester, Minnesota and Austin, Texas, and all that work was done over the internet."
Now with the recognition Manning is getting from the Governor, they are putting out the call for others.
"Just like myself telecommuting, we intend to encourage Manning alumni who work across the United States, those who have the ability to telecommute to come back to Manning to telecommute."
Reischl, now in retirement, serves as the volunteer Manning Main Street board president. He is enthusiastic about all the town has going, including a new hospital and thriving businesses. The town recently spent $1 million on improvements to the Main Street area.